West Ham agree to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United

West Ham United have agreed a deal in principal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.

The move will see Lingard, who has been starved of minutes this season, join the high-flying Hammers for the rest of the season, subject to contract.

West Ham will pay United a £1.5million loan fee for the 28-year-old, while also picking up his £80k per-week wages in full.

M.E.N. Sport reported earlier this week that the Irons have been the only team to show a concrete interest in Lingard. It's understood that Sheffield United were keen on the England international, but there were reservations about the financing of a potential loan package.

Lingard has made just three appearances so far this season all of which have come in cup competitions, with two appearances in the Carabao Cup and a start in the FA Cup win against Watford.

The versatile forward has not played a single minute in the Premier League, however, and has only managed to make the substitutes' bench on four out of 19 matches. His last league start came over a year ago on January 1, 2020, in a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

At the London Stadium, Lingard will link up with former manager, David Moyes, who took him on United's pre-season tour squad in 2013. He scored in United's friendly win against the A-League All-Stars in Sydney but didn't make a professional appearance under the Scott.

West Ham are riding high in 5th place in the table after an excellent start to the campaign and are also through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will meet United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, February 10.

"Jesse trained this morning, he wasn’t in the squad," manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Sunday. "So, of course, he wants to play football, we will have to see and I will sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we're going to do.

"So far, he’s been the ultimate professional, trained well with a small group this morning that were not in squad. I will sit down and see if anything comes up. I'm very happy to have him around us as I know he could have played today and done well."

Lingard's contract at United does not expire until the summer of 2022.

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