DARREN RANDOLPH cast doubt over Jesse Lingard’s future after telling the Manchester United star ‘I’ll be seeing you soon’.
The West Ham goalkeeper spent six months with Lingard last season, after the midfielder joined on loan in January.
Man Utd star Jesse Lingard is wanted by West HamCredit: Getty
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The move saw him rejuvenate his career, scoring nine times for the Hammers in 16 games and was subject to a potential permanent transfer.
But it is believed Lingard, 28, wanted to stay at United while West Ham were unwilling to meet United’s valuation.
The England international, who missed out on a place in England’s Euros squad this summer, has since missed the start the season with coronavirus.
Beforehand United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcomed back Lingard this summer to help bolster his midfield options.
But still the playmaker has attracted attention away from Old Trafford, including from old club West Ham and Leicester.
Hammers keeper Randolph appeared to do his best publicly to tempt Lingard back to London.
He posted on Instagram: “@JesseLingard I’ll be seeing you soon at Rush Green for training! You know you want to!”
Lingard was forced to watch from home as United opened their Premier League account by thumping Leeds 5-1 at home.
And afterwards, Solskjaer all-but confirmed the player would be returning to United’s side after recovering from Covid-19.
He said: “Don’t forget Jesse Lingard who has re-invented himself and has come back the man that we know he is with the quality.
“He is going to play a big part as well.”