Man Utd chiefs make Jesse Lingard transfer decision after West Ham’s ‘approach’

Manchester United reportedly turned down an approach from West Ham for Jesse Lingard last week, with the England star set to stay at Old Trafford this season.

The Hammers are keen to bring Lingard back to east London this summer following his successful loan stint in the second half of last season.

After falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, the 28-year-old joined David Moyes' side in January and reignited his career with a return of nine goals in 16 games.

Moyes therefore set his sights on a permanent deal for Lingard in the summer transfer window, but the Red Devils do not want to sell him.

According to ESPN, West Ham launched an enquiry about their former loan ace last week, only for United to reject their advances.

Solskjaer is ready to give Lingard a second chance at Old Trafford on the back of his impressive form in the second half of last season and some solid pre-season performances.

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That will come as a major blow for the Hammers, who are still on the hunt for a marquee signings this summer after only adding Craig Dawson (£2million) and Alphonse Areola (loan) to their ranks.

When asked about Lingard's future, Solskjaer said last Friday: “I think Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team.

“Whenever your employer is Man Utd, that’s your first priority, it always is. We together can have great moments.

“As a manager, with players and a squad like I’ve got now, it’s difficult to say this weekend you’re not playing.

“I’ve got to leave players out of the starting eleven and squad. But they all have to remember they’re going to play a part if we’re going to be successful.

"Jesse’s back to fitness, played really well in behind closed doors games and has come back in good shape. He’s got a big part to play.”

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