WEST HAM lead a clutch of clubs looking to sign Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed David Moyes' side at 4/5 to recapture the attacking star.
But Eddie Howe's Newcastle have also entered the running and could prove stern competition under their new owners.
Lingard enjoyed a phenomenal loan spell at the London Stadium last season.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances in all competitions and returned to the England setup.
However, he has been unable to replicate that form since returning to Old Trafford.
Lingard started ONCE under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this campaign and made eight top-flight appearances from the bench - totalling just 87 minutes of action.
He was also absent as interim boss Ralf Rangnick took charge of his first match as United boss against Crystal Palace, although that was due to injury.
Jesse Lingard next club
The player has around seven months remaining on his contract, which expires in June 2022.
Reports suggest the attacking midfielder will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford.
And will be sold in January to prevent him from leaving the club for nothing as a free agent next summer.
West Ham are the frontrunners at 4/5 having failed to meet Lingard's £25m asking price last summer.
The club will hope his previous stint in London and genuine chance of Champions League qualification will work in their favour.
But Newcastle now pose a serious threat.
The Times claim they've made Lingard their top target and are prepared to offer a 'substantial transfer fee'.
It's also claimed the Toon will make Lingard the highest earner in the club's history and dwarf Miguel Almiron's £100,000-a-week package at St James' Park.
AC Milan, Barcelona and Roma are locked together at a distant 33/1.
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