Jesse Lingard’s West Ham United move has been a roaring success, the attacking midfield hit the ground running with nine goals in his first ten Hammers matches and provided a huge boost to squad morale.
David Moyes knew the quality of player he was signing in Lingard but even the manager has admitted to being surprised with the effect the 28-year-old has had on the Hammers.
The England international had fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and the move to the London Stadium was just the pick-up he needed to rejuvenate a stagnating career.
According to reports by Eurosport, Moyes is hoping to do what he has done for Lingard for two more unwanted Manchester United players.
Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic, like Lingard before them, have fallen way down the Old Trafford pecking order and reportedly could be on their way out this summer.
Neither man has made much of an impact at Manchester United recently, with Jones, in particular, struggling for playing time.
The 27 times capped England international has only made two Premier League appearances over the past two seasons, quite the fall from grace for a man who started two England matches at the 2018 World Cup.
Matic has been involved more than the former England international but despite captaining his team in their most recent league outing the midfielder has only started 11 league games in total this season.
The former Chelsea player has two years left on his United contract but an offer of regular first-team football could tempt the Serbian to return to London for the third time in his career following two spells at Stamford Bridge. The defensive midfielder could be available for a fee of around £10m, with Jones likely to cost a similar figure.
One sticking point in the deals could be Manchester United’s long-standing interest in Declan Rice.
Moyes has insisted Rice is not leaving West Ham and would not countenance including him in any part-exchange deals for the Manchester United duo, potentially trio, if the deal to bring Lingard to the Hammers permanently is not already tied down.
Source by Football London