West Ham could miss out on Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard signing this summer, while Hammers struggles to commit to a loan star’s £ 100,000 salary requirements … and he can now return to Old Trafford for the final year of his contract
- Jesse Lingard has been a huge success since he borrowed this term from West Ham
- Lingard was frozen at Manchester United but thrived at West Ham
- However, the Hammers are struggling to make a permanent deal
- The club would like to receive government guarantees about the presence of fans in the next term
- West Ham recorded a loss of £ 65 million last season and are expecting more this term
Jesse Lingard could start again at Manchester United next season as West Ham are unsure whether they can find the money to sign him.
The English forward’s loan spell at London Stadium was one of the stories of the season, with Lingard’s form prompting the Hammers to compete for European qualification.
But with West Ham’s income decimated by the pandemic, the club cannot meet the player’s demands for a four-year deal worth over £ 100,000 a week.
Jesse Lingard has been a revelation since he was loaned out at West Ham United in January
But the Hammers may not be able to tie the midfielder to a final deal this summer
Lingard didn’t play a minute for United in the Premier League during the first half of the season, but has been a revelation since joining West Ham in January, scoring nine goals in 13 games to secure a surprise return to the England side.
The 28-year-old played in all of England’s World Cup qualifiers – against San Marino, Albania and Poland – in March and is expected to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship, despite intense competition between the attacking players.
West Ham boss David Moyes, who also worked with Lingard at Manchester United, has played an integral role in reviving his career and is eager to sign him permanently. But closing the deal turns out not to be easy.
Lingard may have to return to parent club Manchester United for the final year of his deal
The West Ham boss has been instrumental in helping Lingard thrive at London Stadium
As West Ham recorded a loss of £ 65 million last season and a bigger financial blow to this campaign, the club is understandably reluctant to put significant resources into long-term contracts – at least until they get more clarity from the government on the return of fans next season.
Michail Antonio signed a contract extension for Christmas until 2023, but all other contract renegotiations with players have been postponed.
Moyes is also expected to sign a new contract at some point after activating an option for an additional 12 months to cover next season, but as Sportsmail reported last weekend, that deal was also held up by the financial uncertainty of the Hammers.
Lingard has sparked a lot of interest elsewhere for his fantastic performances, but most clubs are in a similar financial situation to West Ham, so he may have to return to Manchester for the final year of his United contract.