Carlton Cole thinks Jesse Lingard should stay at West Ham rather than returning to Manchester United when his loan expires, speaking to Sky Sports.

Lingard’s move from Manchester has been nothing short of miraculous. Six goals in eight Hammers appearances makes him one of the country’s most in-form players.

And his turnaround in form didn’t go unnoticed by Gareth Southgate, who recalled the 28-year-old to his England squad last month for the first time since 2019.

Reds want their devil back

Lingard is obviously loving life in London and his relationship with his current employers is blossoming.

However, if West Ham want to keep him permanently, they have to deal with Manchester United first.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shouldn’t be criticised for wanting to recall the new-look Lingard, despite offering him few chances at Old Trafford earlier in the season.


Cole questions Lingard’s next steps

But former West Ham striker Cole can’t get his head around why Lingard would even consider heading back to Manchester.

Cole said: “He’s a player reborn at West Ham – so why would you want to leave? He’s comfortable.

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“He’s said himself he loves the family environment at West Ham.

“He’s there to do his work. I’ve been so impressed by his attitude. Now he’s getting rewarded.

“He’s had an England call-up and could go to the Euros. So why would he want to leave? I’ll have to speak to his agent to keep him in London!”

Moyes must make a move

David Moyes may have to make a decision on Lingard’s future before his loan deal runs out.

Being a former manager of Manchester United himself, Moyes will know full well that the lure of Old Trafford outweighs most clubs in Europe.

But with West Ham on course to join Man United in the Champions League next season, remaining in London may be even more tempting for Lingard.

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