How did this movement come about?
Sheffield United, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion have also reportedly been enthusiastic, while Marseille have investigated. Lingard, however, sees West Ham as a good option given their place in the standings.
The loan means that Said Benrahma’s loan transfer to Brentford will be made permanent. West Ham are only entitled to two loan deals per season, with Benrahma and Craig Dawson occupying those slots.
Lingard’s signing is likely to end West Ham’s business.
Why has West Ham taken the step?
West Ham manager David Moyes is keen to sign a player he worked with as manager at Old Trafford.
Lingard did not play competitively under Moyes but performed well on the club’s pre-season tour in 2013 and trained with the first team between loans at Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion this campaign.
They also need new attacking options following the departure of Sébastien Haller earlier this month.
Wait, didn’t Manchester United just extend his contract?
Yes, they triggered their one-year extension in December. His contract was previously scheduled to expire this summer.
It will now run until summer 2022. That just meant they were protecting themselves from losing it for free this summer.
The 28-year-old has played very rarely this season.
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