Jesse Lingard is back on West Ham’s wanted list ahead of deadline day.
Manchester United’s refusal to take less than £25million for their resurgent England international killed off the Hammers’ interest earlier this summer.
But following Cristiano Ronaldo’s unexpected return to Old Trafford on Friday, David Moyes’ high-fliers men are in the frame again.
The Irons are planning a cut-price £15m bid to secure a permanent deal for Lingard, who starred at the London Stadium last season during a brilliant loan spell.
Ronaldo heading back to United has totally changed the landscape for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – especially regarding the Norwegian manager’s ever-increasing attacking options.
The chances are Lingard, 28, will be dropping down the pecking order at Old Trafford- and that could push United to sell the forward before Tuesday.
Lingard, having been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for three World Cup qualifiers next month, can ill afford to be sitting on the United bench if he wants to retain his International place.
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But the Hammers are not alone in their pursuit of Lingard. Everton are considering making an offer in the next 48 hours.
Moyes, though, remains optimistic that he can pip his former club to Lingard’s signature, having played such a significant part in the United playmaker's revival.
Lingard scored nine times in 16 league games to help the Hammers qualify for the Europa League.
And West Ham's latest result indicates an injection of goals would benefit them, having been pegged to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace.
They went ahead on 39 minutes through a flowing move finished by Pablo Fornals – but they could not handle Christian Benteke in the penalty box five minutes after the restart as he put it to Conor Gallagher's feet.
Moyes' side were back ahead 10 minutes later, though, Michail Antonio smashing into the bottom-left corner.
But Palace had the last laugh with Gallagher's composed equaliser, denying the Hammers the chance to go two points clear at the top.
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