Following recent media reports this evening regarding news surrounding Jesse Lingard, The West Ham Way can now provide an update which has been verified by our very own ExWHUemployee.

As revealed by Ex in recent weeks, Lingard is set to leave Manchester United and a move to West Ham has been edging closer.

However, we can now exclusively reveal that Lingard has made it clear to West Ham today that he wishes to return to the club during the January transfer window.

His brother, who is also his agent, is keen on the move and we can confirm the club are eager to complete quickly due to Said Benrahma leaving for the African Cup of Nations next year.

ExWHUemployee will provide a further update on The West Ham Way podcast next week.

Written by Mark Carlaw (@mcrugrid)