According to club insider EXWHUEmployee, the prospect of the England international converting his Hammers stay into a permanent one remains on the cards.
That optimism comes in spite of the fact that Manchester United specifically ruled out an option or obligation to buy the player when negotiating his switch to east London.
“We’re quite confident [about] signing Lingard as well. Now, he doesn’t have a clause, unfortunately, but he’s loving life at West Ham and seems quite happy to join and has expressed that he would like to stay beyond the season.”
The player’s alleged personal impetus in extending his stay could be a soft vice through which to slowly squeeze all parties concerned into agreeing a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old playmaker has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name from just 6 outings for David Moyes’s side.
In a further corroboration of his fundamental consistency, the England international is averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.41/10.
Although it is only a reflection of six games, West Ham fans will eagerly wait to see whether Lingard can reproduce the same footballing acumen he has exhibited so confidently in his start to life at the London Stadium.