Jesse Lingard started on fire during his loan spell at West Ham and that is the problem the Hammers will have this summer as several clubs will be looking at him, with finance expert Kieran Maguire believing that Manchester United will want as much cash upfront as possible.
David Moyes took a chance on Lingard who had failed to start a Premier League game during the first half of the season, but they failed to insert an option or obligation to buy which will allow other clubs to take an avid interest in the England international this summer.
Will West Ham sign Jesse Lingard?
The possibility of Lingard returning to Old Trafford to fight for his place can also not be ruled out, however if he is to leave this summer he reportedly has more than just West Ham as potential suitors with the likes of Arsenal and PSG holding an interest in the 28-year-old.
West Ham will be confident that they will have the edge over other potential destinations as Lingard knows the squad, manager and area, but it will be down to who stumps up the most cash. That’s according to Maguire of the Price of Football, who spoke exclusively to Transfer Tavern:
“If you’ve got three clubs each of whom are willing to pay £40-50 million for Jesse Lingard, then from Manchester United’s point of view they will be trying to get the best deal for themselves, which is a deal front-loaded in terms of cash.
“He’s already got a good working relationship with David Moyes and he’s proven himself to the fans and the rest of the squad. So I think it’s been beneficial for Manchester United and I think they’ll be able to command a higher price, and that will be the bigger issue for West Ham.”
With West Ham able to offer European football and guarantee to start almost every game, Lingard could be swayed to stay in London with the Hammers, however, it is more down to the fact if West Ham can afford whatever Man United ask for.
If they failed to bring him back this summer it would put Moyes at a huge disadvantage as he would first need to replace Lingard before even trying to improve his squad as losing out on the 28-year old would put them behind where they actually finished this season.
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