Jesse Lingard returns to Manchester United training to ‘fight for his place’ amid West Ham and Atletico Madrid transfer interest

Jesse Lingard has returned to Manchester United for pre-season training as his future remains uncertain.

The England midfielder starred in a loan spell with West Ham in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and registering four assists in 16 matches.

Moyes wants to bring Lingard back to West Ham

He joined the Hammers in January having failed to make a single Premier League appearance for United since July 2020.

Lingard’s form saw him recalled to the England squad, however, he did not make Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man cut for Euro 2020.

Earlier this week, Lingard made his return to Manchester United’s Carrington base as he trained with the club’s youngsters.

The Athletic claim West Ham want to re-sign Lingard, who is valued at £30million with less than a year left on his United contract.

The report adds the Hammers feel the fee is ‘too high’ for a player who is unlikely to be a regular starter at Old Trafford.

Lingard was put through his paces on his return to Man United
Lingard reportedly has hopes of fighting for a first-team place at Man United next season

United could hand Lingard a new contract to protect his market value and the 28-year-old is believed to be keen to fight for a first-team place.

That looks set to be difficult, though, with the £73million arrival of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho expected soon.

It would push Lingard further down the pecking order with Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood already ahead of him.

West Ham do not appear to be the only club interested in signing Lingard this summer.

A report from says Lingard is a transfer target for LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid, who have ‘made their interest known’.

Diego Simeone is looking to bolster his squad as he gears up for a title challenge against Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.