League rivals determined to keep Man Utd-owned playmaker

David Moyes’ West Ham United will do “whatever it takes” to sign the England international Jesse Lingard from Manchester United permanently in the summer transfer window, according to a club source.

The versatile player has featured in eight Premier League matches for the Hammers since his loan move in January, and Jesse has bagged a goal or assist in seven of them during an unforeseen turnaround in fortunes.

His agreement with West Ham is a straight loan without an obligation or option to buy, but the club are understandably keen to keep the star at the London Stadium on a permanent basis.

A senior Hammers source told Sky Sports News: “We will do whatever it takes to sign him. He has been outstanding for us.”

The Manchester United-owned playmaker boasts a total of six goals and four assists from eight top-flight appearances for his current side, and he’s playing a starring role in their bid for a UEFA Champions League place.

The attacker remains under contract at Man United until June 2022, and former Red Devils defender Gary Neville believes that his old club might want him back given his impressive displays for the Irons.

The 28-year-old netted a magnificent solo goal before setting up Jarrod Bowen in West Ham United’s 3-2 victory over Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

€40m former Inter Milan captain appears on Man Utd radar

Manchester United have allegedly identified Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi as a perfect replacement for soon-to-be free agent Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international’s contract at the Old Trafford outfit is due to expire at the end of June, and there is a growing expectation that the former PSG attacker will end his short-lived stint with United this summer.

As United seek to strengthen their attack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already ruled out a swoop for Sergio Aguero, but big-money transfers for the likes of Harry Kane and Erling Braut Haaland have been mooted.

However, Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that Mauro would represent a cut-price alternative compared to the likes of Erling and Harry, both of whom would be unlikely to quit Borussia Dortmund or Tottenham Hotspur for less than £100 million this summer.

The report claims that the Parisians may be willing to let Icardi leave for €40 million (£34m) in the upcoming transfer window, although much could depend on whether the club can strike a permanent deal for Everton-owned player Moise Kean, who continues to battle the former Inter Milan skipper for the number nine spot at the Parc des Princes.

Icardi’s season has been hampered by injuries, but the Argentine nevertheless boasts a respectable tally of five goals and four assists from 15 Ligue 1 matches.

No.6 star could be handed bumper contract to stick with Man Utd

Manchester United are allegedly considering handing midfielder Paul Pogba a lucrative new contract in an attempt to keep him on the books at Old Trafford.

The star’s agent Mino Raiola claimed that the Frenchman’s time at Old Trafford was over last year, although the player has since backtracked on those comments.

However, Paul’s contract situation at United remains unchanged; he is due to become a free agent next year, and Juventus continue to be linked with a move for their former player in the upcoming transfer market.

As a result, The Mirror speculates that United’s senior figure Ed Woodward is considering whether to offer the star a mammoth new deal at the end of the campaign or listen to offers for him this summer.

The report also claims that allowing the 28-year-old to run down his deal is simply not an option for the club, although the board have accepted that if Pogba is sold in the summer, they won’t garner anything close to the £89 million they paid for him back in 2016.

Pogba has netted five goals and assisted four more across all competitions for the 20-time English champions this season, and he boasts a total of 37 goals and 37 assists in 195 matches since 2016.