Official: Man Utd midfielder joins Premier League rivals

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has moved to West Ham United on loan until the end of the campaign, the Old Trafford side announced on Friday.

Sources have told TV channel ESPN the deal will cost the Hammers £1.5m and they will also cover Jesse’s wages for the remainder of the season.

West Ham beat competition from Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United to land the 28-year-old England international, who is desperate to play regular senior time football after featuring in three games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this term.

Lingard’s two starts have both come in the domestic cups and the midfielder has not featured in the Premier League since July.

The Irons manager David Moyes knows him from his time in charge of United and took the star on the preseason tour in 2013.

England boss Gareth Southgate and assistant Steve Holland gave glowing references to a number of coaches, sources said, after Lingard played an important role in the country’s run to the World Cup semifinals back in 2018.

United activated a one-year extension in Lingard’s deal before Christmas that will keep the player at the club until 2022, but the Englishman asked for permission to leave on loan.

“It’s another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim,” Jesse told West Ham TV.

“I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.”