Pundit tells £30m playmaker to snub ‘average’ Arsenal and join Tottenham

Date published: Tuesday 13th April 2021 6:56 - Robert McCarthy

West Ham loan sensation Jesse Lingard has been told that he should snub a proposed summer switch to Arsenal and join Tottenham instead.

The Manchester United star has rejuvenated his career during his temporary stay at the London Stadium. The England man has notched eight goals and four assists and was named Man of the Match in the Hammers’ impressive, if a little nervy, win over Leicester on Sunday.

Recent reports have suggested that Lingard could sign a 12-month United contract extension to maintain his transfer value.

A fee of around £30million has been mooted, if the Red Devils do decide to cash in on the player.

The Hammers are the obvious frontrunners for his signature, although Arsenal were also linked over the weekend.

A fresh report on Monday claimed that a trio of European heavyweights were also showing an interest.

However, talkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara believes that a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Spurs should be the path that Lingard follows.

The duo worked together during their time at Old Trafford, with the 28-year-old figuring regularly under the Portuguese.

Tottenham miles above Arsenal

But with the Gunners also showing an interest, former Spurs star O’Hara has made it clear who he feels Lingard should play for.

He said: “I personally don’t see any point leaving West Ham for Arsenal.

“I just don’t see Arsenal pulling up any trees over the next few seasons. I can’t see them going out and spending big money.

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“He should go to Tottenham. We’re miles above Arsenal. Arsenal are average, so average, and we’re on a rebuild. Sign for Spurs.”

Despite wanting to see Lingard at his old club, O’Hara admits that West Ham are probably the better option.

He added: “It fits to go to West Ham. They’re a big club and they are ambitious. So they have to convince him to stay there.”

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