Stuart Pearce gives honest report on Jesse Lingard future in and outside Old Trafford

West Ham United first team coach has given an honest evaluation of the the situation of Manchester United forward, Jesse Lingard insisting that the English footballer will have no shortage of suitors in the summer when his Manchester United contract expires.

Lingard will be out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of the season and will become a free agent unless he pens an extension before the summer window.

The 28-year-old has struggled for game time at Old Trafford this season and has seen his role reduced to bit-part player from the bench.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and was one of the most in form players in the league.

Lingard scored nine goals and added four assists in just 16 games for the Hammers in their brilliant season that saw them finish sixth.

As a result of his form, Jesse Lingard was named in the provisional England squad for Euro 2020, but he just missed the cut.

West Ham reportedly wanted to sign him on a permanent deal, but he opted to fight for a place in the United team.

His seven Premier League appearances this season have all come off the bench for a combined 77 minutes.

West Ham have made no secret of their desire to get Lingard back permanently and Pearce believes he will be in high demand.

While speaking to talkSPORT Pearce said: “I think Jesse, from what he showed last year, will be linked with varying clubs and there’s no doubt about that.

“The frustrating thing for him is that he came to us, played really well and managed to get himself back into the England fold again.

“He’s dropped out of it at the moment and dropped out of the England fold as well.

“From his point of view, I’m sure he will be looking at the World Cup in less than a year’s time and thinking what do I have to do and where do I have to play my football.

“All we know is he’s a United player at the moment, I think he’s out of contract next summer and I’m sure he’ll have one or two suitors.

“He did himself no harm coming to us when he did and the form he showed.”

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