WEST HAM will step up their bid for Jesse Lingard following his England heartache.
Lingard’s failure to make the Euro 2020 squad has been a blow to the forward who enjoyed a hugely impressive loan spell with the Hammers last season.
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But being released from international duty means West Ham boss David Moyes is hopeful a permanent deal from parent club Manchester United can soon be concluded.
A club insider said: “Jesse knows we want him, so hopefully the club will pursue him in the next month or so.”
Lingard, 28, hit nine goals after joining West Ham on loan in January.
And he played a huge part in helping the club to secure European football.
He did not make a single Premier League appearance for United in the first half of the season.
Lingard’s form was also enough to earn him the goal of the month award for April and got him an England recall for recent friendlies against Austria and Romania.
He played alongside West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in both games.
He has missed out on the final 26-man party for Euro 2020 but is technically still on standby until Saturday in case injury strikes and he gets recalled.
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Lingard sent a message of support to the rest of the squad after departing following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
He wrote: “When it comes to representing my country I’ll never stop smiling.
“I’ll be supporting the team all summer.”
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