Jesse Lingard has been urged to consider his options ahead of the summer transfer window after impressing on loan at West Ham from Manchester United.
The England international has been a standout performer since making the move to West Ham on loan in January, scoring six goals in eight appearances for David Moyes’ men.
His form has helped the Hammers’ push for European football, with West Ham sitting sixth in the table ahead of their fixture against third-placed Leicester City this afternoon, while he has also earned a recall to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
But while West Ham are understood to be keen to do what they can to try and sign Lingard permanently this summer, the 28-year-old has also attracted attention from others, with Arsenal linked with a move for him.
And former Arsenal star Paul Merson says he reckons Lingard will be on the move this summer, with the Sky Sports pundit urging him to consider his next move carefully.
“I don’t see him going back to Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He wants to play football. He’s gone to West Ham to play football, now he’s got the love back a bit.
“He lost a little bit of the love of the football, I think he lost his way a little bit. Now he’s loving football again, he’s playing.
“You want to play every week. There’s no point him going back to Manchester United and playing in the Carabao Cup games.”
West Ham are likely to be in pole position to sign Lingard, should he leave Manchester United, and particularly so if they can secure a place in the top four and Champions League football next season.
And Merson has been impressed with what he has seen from Lingard and the Hammers.
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“He [Lingard] is scoring goals, he’s making goals. Fair play to David Moyes. He doesn’t get a lot of credit he deserves, he’s got a team there at West Ham,” he said.
“This team now, they’re breaking with pace. This is how David Moyes wants to play.”
Lingard’s current contract with Manchester United is set to expire in the summer of 2022, after the club triggered a one-year extension in December.