West Ham star Darren Randolph has made a surprise transfer hint that Jesse Lingard could return to east London with a post on Instagram.
Lingard excelled in a loan spell with the Hammers last season, scoring nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances.
Talk has been rife of a permanent switch to the London Stadium, but nothing has come to fruition, with Lingard still part of the Manchester United set-up.
However, that could all be about to change as West Ham back-up goalkeeper Randolph posted a rather strange story on Instagram.
He wrote: “@JesseLingard I’ll be seeing you soon at Rush Green for training!
“You know you want to!”
Were Lingard to return to West Ham, that would go against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recent comments that he will “play a big part” this season.
Lingard was missing from the matchday squad to play Leeds as he is currently recovering after positive Covid-19 test.
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But Solskjaer seemed to make it abundantly clear that he wants to keep him at the club after his fine spell in the capital.
“Don’t forget Jesse Lingard,” Solskjaer said on Sunday of his attacking options.
“He has reinvented himself and he has come back the man that we know. With the quality he has, he is going to play a big part. I forgot him when I spoke about goalscorers.
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“Of course, there could be more rotation. They will be fresher. You have to have a big and strong squad to be competitive in this league. It’s the best league in the world.
“You have to be lucky with injuries. I am looking forward to working with these boys.”
While United thumped Leeds 5-1 to get off to her their Premier League campaign off to flier, West Ham recorded a 4-2 victory away at Newcastle as they look to build on their excellent season last time out.