Manchester United are ready to let Jesse Lingard join West Ham on a permanent basis but could demand fees of around £ 30million to part ways with the England international.
Since joining the Hammers on loan in January, Lingard has been one of the Premier League’s most notable players – coming back from six goals and four assists in just eight games, earning him deservedly a place in the English team of Gareth Southgate.
As part of the loan deal, West Ham doesn’t have the option to buy Lingard outright, but Sky Sports News says the Hammers are willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep the 28-year-old at the club beyond this season. .
It had been speculated that a fee of around £ 15million would do the trick, but the Mirror reports that West Ham may need to double that figure to £ 30million to convince United to do business with Lingard.
This is the kind of agreement that serves the best interests of both parties. For United, it’s £ 30million for a player who could walk away for free at the end of his contract, while for West Ham, it’s an opportunity to keep one of their most important players.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always insisted the plan was for Lingard to return to Old Trafford when his loan ended, but he is unlikely to oppose a sale if West Ham offers an offer at a similar level. figure.
As for Lingard, West Ham manager David Moyes recently said (via Goal): “Jesse wanted to come here, from the start. When I spoke to him, he wanted to come to West Ham. He saw it as a very good place for him. I think he will have seen what we are trying to do.
“He also joined a good group of players. We have international players and hopefully we can add to that in the upcoming transfer window. The job is to try and add to that.
“But I hope Jesse sees this as a good place if it’s possible to do it, and if we think we want to do it at the end of the season.
Lingard helped West Ham take fourth place in the Premier League table with eight games to go. The Hammers have a point-a-minute cushion, but with five teams separated by just five points, the battle for Champions League football could come down to the edge.
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