West Ham feel ever more confident that Jesse Lingard will return as they look to stave off a late Everton push for Armando Broja, reports claim.
The Hammers have made three signings already this summer, but they want to add at least two more. Boss David Moyes feels he needs to bolster his midfield, while a new striker is also a big priority.
Lille’s Amadou Onana is a key midfield target and West Ham are chasing the Frenchman’s signature.
However, former Manchester United star Lingard has been on their radar for longer. Indeed, the 29-year-old enjoyed a standout loan spell at the London Stadium in the 2020/21 season.
Lingard subsequently became a free agent and Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth claims that he has “other Premier League” offers aside from West Ham.
However, Sheth adds that there is a “growing feeling” among Hammers chiefs that Lingard will return to east London. West Ham are currently in negotiations with the 32-cap England international looking to thrash out a deal.
But The Guardian separately reports that West Ham want Lingard to lower his £180,000 per week wage demands. Moyes, meanwhile, hopes a €38million offer for Lille’s Onana will succeed.
However West Ham want Lingard to lower his wage demands, with the attacking midfielder pushing for £180,000 a week. Moyes is also trying to add more depth in midfield. West Ham are hopeful they will succeed with a €38m offer for Lille’s Amadou Onana.
West Ham confident over Lingard, Broja
Chelsea striker Broja is another transfer target West Ham are actively chasing this summer.
They had a £30million bid rejected by Chelsea, who have said they only want to loan their Albania international out.
According to The Guardian, though, Broja has responded by telling the Blues that he wants a permanent Stamford Bridge exit.
And West Ham have reportedly jumped on that development, increasing their upfront offer to £30million with the promise of add-ons.
The newspaper adds that Everton could yet try to hijack West Ham’s Broja deal with a bid of their own. However, the Hammers are close to agreeing personal terms with last season’s Southampton loanee.
Hammers transfer window taking shape
Should Moyes get Lingard, Broja and Onana over the line for West Ham, they can really start looking forward to next season.
In Broja, they would be getting a young Premier League striker eager to prove himself after his first season of the English top flight. And the fact that he wants to leave Chelsea permanently shows his ambition.
West Ham will be hoping he can translate such ambition into goals for the club if he does indeed sign.
What's next for Jesse Lingard?
Jesse Lingard's future is now up in the air as he has been linked with West Ham and Everton.
Lingard, meanwhile, is a much more seasoned performer who West Ham know they can get the best out of.
The midfielder scored nine goals and five assists, got back in the England squad and won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for April 2021 while in the capital.
As for Onana, West Ham have already brought the best out of defensive midfielders Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice, and Onana could fit into that mould for Moyes.