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Joe Cole and Jermaine Jenas discuss Jesse Lingard's future at West Ham United

As loan spells go, Jesse Lingard’s half-season stint at West Ham United could not have gone better. A huge 14 goal involvements in 16 games has helped West Ham qualify for Europe – but what does the future hold for Lingard?

Right now, the 28-year-old returns to Manchester United where he has a year left on his contract. West Ham do not have a permanent clause included in his loan deal, meaning they will now have to orchestrate a fee with United.

Lingard has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs – but West Ham were brave enough to take on the England international, who had struggled for form, game time, confidence and the ability to rejuvenate his career.

Having done that at West Ham, Joe Cole reckons “five or six” Premier League clubs will be looking at Lingard this summer – while ex-Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas is hopeful that Lingard will sign for West Ham permanently.

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Cole told BT Sport’s PL Tonight: “It’s going to be difficult to keep him. There will be plenty of suitors – 5 or 6 teams just in this league will take him,” before Jenas replied: “I’d like to think he stays though, Joe. I’m staying, if it is me.

“Jesse has been confident, laughed at, now he has found a place where he is loved. I think West Ham can take him to another level. For Jesse, the love and environment, and being a big fish is so beneficial. Stay where you are.” 

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Lingard needs to be a player where he is both adored by the support – and he has immediately earned that at West Ham having scored nine goals and laid on five assists in 16 games – but also where he is a big fish in a small pond.

That’s not to say West Ham are a small pond, especially not after their 2020-21 campaign in which they have finished in sixth. But Lingard is given freedom as a number 10 to express himself, and he starts every match.

At a bigger club, like Manchester United, he is not good enough to be afforded that luxury. Eurosport claimed back in January it would take £15million to nab Lingard permanently but realistically, it could be a lot more now.

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