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Report: West Ham now can't afford to buy 'amazing' player in what looks like a major blow

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West Ham United appear to have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Jesse Lingard as they cannot afford to meet Manchester United’s asking price, the Athletic report.

No Lingard?

Lingard made a huge impact on loan at West Ham in the second half of last season, where he became a driving force in helping David Moyes’ side into Europe.

Lingard’s attacking quality and energy gave West Ham an increased threat going forward, which saw them over the line in the battle to claim a top six spot.

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West Ham quickly made signing Lingard one of their top priorities this summer as a result.

However, any move has been extremely difficult to complete, as Manchester United want £30 million for the attacking midfielder, who Rio Ferdinand labelled ‘amazing’ (Five).

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Major blow

At the age of 28, Lingard may possess little re-sale value, and it is claimed that Moyes’s side now can’t afford to finance a deal.

That will be a huge blow if true, as Lingard had become popular in the dressing room and with supporters during his spell at the London Stadium.

West Ham are actually yet to make any signing this summer, which means that they will surely have to get busy over the coming weeks if they are to repeat last season’s success.

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