As per club insider Claret & Hugh, West Ham United may have been given a possible boost in the hunt to sign Jesse Lingard permanently as news emerges on his personal terms.
The Lowdown: Lingard after pay rise?
It is known that making Lingard a Hammers player indefinitely is one of West Ham’s top priorities for this summer transfer window.
Alongside the signing of a top class centre-half and prolific striking option, manager David Moyes is eager to secure the Englishman on a permanent deal at the London Stadium (C&H).
However, Football Insider recently claimed that the Irons may have to make the 28-year-old their top earner if they wish to land him this summer – coming amid difficult financial circumstances caused by coronavirus.
The report indicated that West Ham are likely to have to offer Lingard a ‘big‘ pay rise in order to tempt him away from Manchester United.
The Latest: Insider shares news involving Lingard…
According to Claret & Hugh, though, this claim is some way wide of the mark.
The club insider understands that these mooted high wage expectations on Lingard’s end are in fact false with agents apparently making that clear to the outlet.
Indeed, those close to the deal even found it ‘refreshing’ when the midfielder was happy to remain on the same salary when he signed for West Ham on loan in January.
C&H believe that Lingard won’t in fact be looking for a £30,000-per-week bumper pay rise needed to make him West Ham’s top earner – with the player currently on around £80,000-per-week.
For now, while formal negotiations between both clubs are yet to commence over a permanent deal for Lingard, agents are currently discussing the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a potential move.
The Verdict: Boost for the Hammers?
News that Lingard won’t be demanding such a lucrative salary after all arguably comes as a boost for Moyes and the Hammers.
Indeed, amid a challenging financial climate, complications may have arisen for West Ham in regards to offering such high wages.
Scoring nine goals and assisting four others over 16 Premier League starts for the club during his temporary spell (WhoScored), Irons fans could be relieved that Lingard’s personal terms may not become such an issue this summer, which surely opens the door for the club to push for his permanent signature.
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