West Ham eventually struck a deal with Manchester United will loan Jesse Lingard until the end of the season.
Lingard, 28, was eager to secure a move this month in an attempt to jumpstart his career after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
It is understood that West Ham will pay a loan fee of around £ 1.5million for the England midfielder and cover his salary of £ 100,000 per week.
There is no option for West Ham to purchase Lingard at the end of the season as part of the arrangement.
Concerned about the exhaustion of the workforce due to the threat of a coronavirus epidemic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to keep Lingard in Manchester.
But the The Manchester United manager was also aware of Lingard’s desperation to play and acknowledged that his chances of that at Old Trafford would be limited if he maintained a full squad.
West Ham manager David Moyes hopes for Lingard’s arrival will give additional impetus to the European push of his team.
Having played a key role in England’s progress to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, Lingard’s career has stalled ever since, with his situation complicated by difficulties in his personal life.
Lingard had offers from a range of Premier League and overseas clubs, but he was keen to stay in England, in part to be closer to his family and young daughter.
Speaking on the weekend, Solskjaer said: “I’m going to sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do. So far he’s always been the ultimate pro, he’s still training, he trained well this morning with a small group that weren’t on the team. So I’m going to sit down and talk to him again and see if anything happens. I’m happy to have Jesse in and around us because I know he could have come in today and done well. “
The midfielder is believed to be excited about the prospect of joining a rising West Ham side, who are firmly in the mix for Champions League qualification midway through the campaign.