Leicester keeping tabs on Jesse Lingard as Man Utd star continues to shine on loan transfer at West Ham
LEICESTER are interested in signing Jesse Lingard at the end of the season, according to reports.
The Manchester United star joined West Ham on loan in January and has been flying since his arrival in East London.
Lingard, 28, had only featured three times under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and only in the EFL and FA Cup.
Now he has scored three times in four Premier League appearances for West Ham under ex-boss David Moyes – with his latest a spectacular effort in the Hammers' 2-1 win over bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
Lingard is also helping spearhead his side's charge towards European qualification.
The Hammers are hopeful of landing the England international on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
But the may face competition from Leicester who will continue to monitor his situation ahead of a potential summer bid, according to Eurosport.
Man Utd refused to include an auto-buy clause in Lingard's Hammers loan meaning the East Londoners will have to negotiate a fee for him come the end of the campaign.
But his impressive Wets Ham form is likely to drive up his value and wage demands.
Lingard will have just a year left on his £100,000-a-week United contract at the end this season.
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But the Manchester lad – who is loving life in East London – has hinted he could stay at West Ham beyond the season after scoring in the victory over Tottenham.
He referred to his Irons team-mates as family after the win.
And he has also been urged to quit United and sign for West Ham permanently by Rio Ferdinand who played for both clubs.
Lingard has featured 210 times for Manchester United but was deemed surplus to requirements this season.
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