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Lingard plants seeds for West Ham return as United contract talks stall

Jesse Lingard has fuelled talk of a potential return to West Ham.  His current deal at Mancheste...

Jesse Lingard has fuelled talk of a potential return to West Ham. 

His current deal at Manchester United expires in the summer, and talks over a renewal have reportedly broken down.

Lingard will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in July, and judging by his social media activity he appears to fancy going back to West Ham.

The 28-year old scored 9 goals in 16 games while on loan at the London Stadium last season, helping the Hammers qualify for the Europa League.

On Friday he shared a West Ham Instagram post to his own stories, which showed him celebrating one of those goals last season. Lingard added a cloud emoji under the original post, with Hammers midfielder Declan Rice also chiming in.

Lingard's only managed five substitute appearances in the Premier League this season for United, scoring in the games against Newcastle and - ironically - West Ham.

Back in October, he spoke of his need to secure "regular football".

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Lingard's future on Friday, telling reporters, "Jesse is training really hard, really well and he’s ready and available for me, disappointed he’s not playing more.

"In regards to contract situations and talks, I’ve not been in them very closely. For me, Jesse is still a big part of this squad and important and he gives quality to the group every day.

“Every player wants to play as much as possible, with Jesse and all my players. They’re working really hard, can’t fault the attitude when they’re called upon.

"Jesse has done well when he’s played for us and with the games coming up he’s going to play a part.”

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