Arsenal are reportedly looking at hijacking West Ham’s permanent move for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard has shone on loan at the Hammers where has been involved in 10 goals in just nine games with his form also seeing him called up to the England squad.
The United academy product has had an inconsistent career in Manchester where his performances have never been enough to nail down a spot in the team for an extended period.
But without the pressure that comes with playing at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old looks a different player as he continues to aid West Ham’s unprecedented push for Champions League football.
West Ham are intent on making the move with Manchester United valuing the midfielder at between the £30 and £40m mark although the Red Devils are also exploring the option of a swap deal which would see Declan Rice make the move North.
However, the Dailystar are now reporting that Arsenal are among the suitors for the England international and could trigger a bidding war with the Hammers over Lingard’s signature.
With Real Madrid potentially keen on bring Marti Odegaard back to Spain, Arsenal will be desperate to fill the attacking midfield that has been an issue since the banishment of Mesut Ozil.