Jesse Lingard has joked that it is ‘hammer time’ after he agreed a loan deal to join West Ham until the end of the season.
Manchester United sanctioned the temporary deal on Thursday evening with an official announcement expected before the weekend, subject to contract.
West Ham will pay United a £1.5million loan fee for the 28-year-old, while also paying up his £80k per-week wages in full.
Lingard has made just three appearances so far this season all of which have come in cup competitions, with two of those in the Carabao Cup and the other a start in the FA Cup win against Watford.
The former England international has not featured in the Premier League at all this season but could make his first appearance for the high-flying Hammers against Liverpool this weekend.
Taking to social media on Thursday night Lingard confirmed his imminent move to the London Stadium as he posted a picture of his packed suitcases along with the caption: “London Bound. #HammerTime You can’t touch this.”
Lingard will link up with former manager, David Moyes, who took him on United’s pre-season tour squad in 2013. He scored in United’s friendly win against the A-League All-Stars in Sydney but didn’t make a professional appearance under the Scot.
West Ham are riding high in 5th place in the table after an excellent start to the campaign and are also through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will meet United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, February 10.
Lingard’s contract at United does not expire until the summer of 2022.