Jesse Lingard ready to make January U-turn and leave Man Utd for West Ham now

Jesse Lingard looks set to perform a January U-turn with a transfer deal between Manchester United and West Ham in the pipeline.

Lingard's contract with the Red Devils has been ticking down towards its summer expiry, at which point he would leave the club as a free agent.

United are keen to cash-in this month, but the 29-year-old England international was previously reported to be intent on breaking into the starting XI under Ralf Rangnick.

However, he, along with several of his team-mates, has continued to grow frustrated since the change in manager and it is clear he doesn't feature in future plans.

As such, The Mirror report Lingard is ready to leave – and his former loan club are preparing to swoop.

The Hammers are said to be determined to secure the attacking midfielder in the winter window instead of waiting for a cheaper summer deal and risking losing out.

Newcastle were also in the running but pulled out, so David Moyes currently has a clear path to his man.

The Scottish manager formed a great relationship with Lingard during his brief spell in east London last season.

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Moyes did his best to secure his services permanently last summer after he had bagged nine goals in 16 games during the second half of the campaign.

The move didn't materialise, though, and West Ham went on to sign fellow attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic for £25m from CSKA Moscow.

Despite that, there was always the belief that Lingard could still join and transition into a forward role, just as Michail Antonio has done for the club.

Crucial to the transfer is that fact that Lingard has started just one match since Rangnick's arrival.

Had he have been afforded more opportunities than he had received under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he would have been content where he is.

However, his lack of game time this season has damaged his position in Gareth Southgate's set-up.

And with the World Cup now only a matter of months away, minutes on the pitch are vital and something he needs to leave to obtain.

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