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Lingard returned to Old Trafford over the summer having spent the second-half of the 2020-21 campaign at Premier League rivals West Ham.
The 28-year-old thrived during his loan spell in east London, scoring nine goals and making five assists in 16 appearances as David Moyes’ side made a shock run at the Champions League places.
Lingard was initially determined to resurrect his Manchester United career but the forward could still be tempted to secure a move away from the Theatre of Dreams before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.
West Ham have been the most likely suitor for Lingard, although London rivals Arsenal and Merseyside club Everton have also expressed interest in securing his signature.
And West Ham, Arsenal and Everton’s hopes of landing Lingard have been boosted, with the Daily Express claiming Manchester United have now dropped their asking price for Lingard from £30m to £20m.
On Monday, Hammers coach Stuart Pearce confirmed the east Londoners want to sign Lingard on a permanent deal this summer.
Pearce told talkSPORT: ‘We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.
‘The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.
‘He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.
‘You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the Manchester United line-up.’
Lingard was left out of Manchester United’s opening Premier League fixture against Leeds United after testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the month.
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Source: Metro Sport