West Ham will need to dig deep to sign loan star Jesse Lingard on permanent terms, with reports that Manchester United will ask for at least £30m for his signature.
Lingard, 28, has been a revelation since making a January switch to the London Stadium. After failing to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils this term, he has shone for the Hammers. The Warrington-born forward has already bagged six goals and assisted three more from eight top-flight appearances. His form has helped David Moyes’s side continue their push for Champions League football.
And, with eight games to go, the East End outfit sit fourth – one point ahead of London rivals Chelsea. It looks set to be a thrilling end to the campaign, with Lingard at the forefront of West Ham’s challenge.
His future is very much up in the air as United have yet to show their hand. Reports earlier this month claimed Lingard was keen to return to Old Trafford but only with a guarantee of first-team football.
That is unlikely to be given by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and an exit may well be on the cards. Lingard’s value is said to have increased due to his upturn in form.
And a figure of £30m has been quoted, according to The Mirror. The report goes on to say that the north-west giants will stick to their guns and not accept anything less.
West Ham are ‘ready to do whatever it takes’ to sign Lingard, according to Sky Sports. But there may well be a bidding war this summer for a player entering his peak years.
‘No chance’ for West Ham to sign Lingard
Should United decide to stand firm over their price for Lingard, it could end West Ham’s hopes of landing him. That is according to outspoken former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.
Never short of an opinion or two, he spoke to talkSPORT on Wednesday. And he feels that talk of a permanent switch to the capital is a non-starter.
“No chance. I just don’t see where there is a parallel universe where they’re going to get Lingard to West Ham or they’re going to get the economics of the Lingard deal to West Ham,” he said.
“What West Ham have achieved is putting Lingard back on the map, giving Lingard a stage where he can play at the level that clearly he’s capable of. All that will do is increase the cost implications of getting him in the first place.
“If Lingard wants to join West Ham permanently what Manchester United will say is, ‘that’s great, you can go there if you want to, that’s £60m’. Then maybe it’ll be £30m or £40m.”