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David Moyes reveals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked Jesse Lingard’s return to West Ham


Lingard was directly involved in 15 League goals in 16 appearances during a joyful loan spell at West Ham from January last season and the Hammers had wanted to sign the 28-year-old permanently.

But Moyes revealed a conversation with Solskjaer early in the window put paid to West Ham’s hopes of a deal, although the Scot refused to rule out a future move for England international.

Asked if Lingard rejected the Hammers, Moyes said: “No, nothing like that at all.

“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] made it clear to me quite early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him. So I knew pretty early in the transfer window that he was staying at Manchester United. I had a private conversation with Ole who made it clear that he was staying.

“I can’t talk about players from other clubs because that’s not really the way we do it, but because Jesse was part of our club for a wee while all I can say is that he made a massive contribution to the team, both on the pitch and off the pitch,” Moyes added. “We really enjoyed having him.

“I hope in many ways Jesse will look at the time and how well the players treated him and made him welcome, so it may change.

“He was great for us, but simply the manager told me that he was keeping them in, and when that happens I believe the manager and that’s the way it went.”

Unbeaten West Ham will face Moyes’s former club twice in four days, starting with Sunday’s League game at the London Stadium.

Lingard is more likely to start in Wednesday’s League Cup third-round, however, with competition for places in Solskjaer’s side further squeezed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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