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West Ham offer Lingard deal to return to the club

The 29-year-old officially becomes a free agent on July 1 when his contract expires at Old Trafford.

In Summary

• Meanwhile, West Ham are set to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris St-Germain.

• Terms have been agreed with the French Ligue 1 champions for Areola, who spent last season on loan with the Hammers and will cost around £10.5m. 

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates during a past match
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates during a past match
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West Ham have made departing Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard an offer to return to the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old officially becomes a free agent on July 1 when his contract expires at Old Trafford.

Lingard had a successful time on loan with the Hammers at the end of the 2020-21 season and scored nine goals in 16 Premier League starts. But he was denied another loan spell in January as United refused to deal with a rival for a European place.

Meanwhile, West Ham are set to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris St-Germain.

Terms have been agreed with the French Ligue 1 champions for Areola, who spent last season on loan with the Hammers and will cost around £10.5m.

Areola impressed last term when he was in goal throughout West Ham’s run to the Europa League semi-final, where they were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt.

It is anticipated the 29-year-old will battle for the number one slot with established first-choice Lucasz Fabianski, who signed a one-year contract extension in May. It is the start of what is promising to be a busy period for the Hammers, who are flying to Scotland on Monday for their pre-season training camp at St Andrews.

The club will learn their Europa Conference League play-off opponents when the draw is made by Uefa on August 1.

Elsewhere, Fulham have made a 10m euros offer for Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira.

The 26-year-old has been with United since 2014 but had his fourth spell out on loan last season when he joined Flamengo and played in the final of the 2021 Copa Libertadores.

Pereira has a contract with United until 2023, with the option of a further year.

However it seems unlikely he will be in new coach Erik ten Hag's plans.

He has played 75 games for United and scored four goals and had loans at Valencia, Granada and Lazio in addition to the spell with Flamengo.