West Ham are closing in on their second transfer of the day after Said Benrahma’s £26m move was confirmed on Friday morning.
Jesse Lingard is reported to be signing for The Hammers imminently on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season and arrived in London Friday morning to complete the move.
If Lingard is to feature for West Ham this weekend the 28-year-old’s loan needs to be registered by 12pm Friday in order for him to be eligible to take part.
West Ham are currently in fifth place and host fourth-placed Liverpool at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
David Moyes will be keen to have Lingard available to him for the match and Lingard’s record for Manchester United against Liverpool makes his inclusion even more tempting.
Lingard has only lost one match in six appearances against The Reds, scoring one and assisting another against Manchester United’s bitter rivals.
Lingard is known as a big-game player scoring in three different Wembley finals and having an uncanny knack for scoring in matches against the Red Devils’ top-four rivals.
Over his career, he has scored four times against Arsenal, twice against Chelsea alongside big game goals for England against Croatia and the Netherlands.
If Moyes is able to call upon Lingard against Liverpool on Sunday he will know he has a man suited to the big occasions.
The 28-year-old is a highly experienced trophy-laden player with an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Europa League, and a European Super Cup to his name.
Time is ticking but if West Ham can beat the noon deadline The Hammers will have a fantastic option available to them as they challenge to move back into the top four.