Report: West Ham told to pay £25m to sign midfielder on deadline day
The Manchester Evening News say West ham will have to spend £25million if they want to sign Manchester United star Jesse Lingard on deadline day.
Lingard, 28, continues to be linked with a permanent deal to West Ham – after starring for the Hammers while on loan in the second half of 2020-21.
Clocking up 16 appearances for the Hammers, Lingard had a hand in 14 goals – scoring nine and creating five more. His future is up in the air.
The England ace, who has been included in the latest squad by Gareth Southgate, has only been used once by United this season.
He got four minutes as a substitute during the 1-1 draw against Southampton. The Hammers remain keen and a deal could go through.
Lingard to West Ham: £25million worth it for Hammers
While Lingard is in the final year of his contract, West Ham need him. With the signing of Lingard, the Hammers’ need for a striker reduces.
That is because Lingard can play as a false nine, doing so in Michail Antonio’s absence during his loan spell.
West Ham do have the likes of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini. They could also sign Nikola Vlasic in the coming hours.
But adding Lingard into that mix will not only be massive move for the Hammers. A signal of intent – but it reduces needing a back-up striker.