Former Everton defender Michael Ball feels his old side are crying out for a player like Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard.
Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and showed everyone his attacking quality from that No.10 position.
In 16 league appearances, the 28-year-old scored nine goals, helping the Hammers to secure European football. He also recorded four assists during that temporary spell at the London Stadium.
Do Everton need Lingard?
Considering that, West Ham understandably want to bring Lingard back. However, according to The Athletic, United’s £30m asking price is proving to be a problem, while Sky Sports claim the Hammers have just a 10 per cent chance of re-signing the England international.
It could perhaps present a team like Everton with a chance, with Ball believing the likes of Lingard and Ross Barkley are the kind of players the Toffees need.
“They’re two players Everton need, two players Everton were crying out for last year,” the retired full-back told TT. “We were very slow and passive in that sort of No.10, third-man run midfield area.
“Jesse’s loan was very successful at West Ham, so it’s no surprise that Everton are interested in him.”
Last month, some reports suggested that Everton were indeed interested in signing Lingard from United, so perhaps it is something they end up pursuing.
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