West Ham wants to permanently sign Jesse Lingard after sensational form during the rental period … but Hammers fear Man United will push up their asking price and rival clubs will try to push England forward
- Jesse Lingard rediscovered his best form when he was loaned out to West Ham
- The 28-year-old attacker had become an outcast at parent club Manchester United
- The Hammers want to make Lingard’s loan permanent over the summer
- It comes after six goals and four assists in eight league games for the club
- However, they fear United will try to push up Lingard’s asking price
West Ham will make an offer to turn Jesse Lingard’s loan into a permanent move – but fear Manchester United will demand a higher price for the English forward.
There is optimism at London Stadium that they can take a successful blow to Lingard, which has been a revelation since joining the club on loan from United in January.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed his loan spell in London and West Ham has been encouraged to seriously consider staying after this season.
West Ham wants to finalize Jesse Lingard’s loan from Manchester United
Hammers manager David Moyes has been delighted with Lingard’s form since joining the club
Lingard was instrumental in the Hammers’ unexpected tilt at a top four finish, scoring six goals in eight games and assisting three times.
His screenings have landed him a recall in England, with Lingard a serious contender to be part of Gareth Southgate’s European Championship team.
There have been no formal discussions on a permanent move between the Hammers and United, but the London club are looking to address the issue before the end of the season.
However, there are concerns about the price United Lingard will pay given its stellar recent performance.
West Ham did not secure a buy option when negotiating their loan agreement, so they are at the mercy of United when it comes to valuation.
Lingard celebrates his excellent individual goal in West Ham’s win at Wolves on Monday night
The attacker’s excellent club form earned him a recall from the England squad last month
There is likely to be interest in Lingard from other clubs, which further complicates West Ham’s pursuit.
Wolves, Tottenham, Newcastle and Arsenal were among the clubs that considered moves for him in January, and now others have been warned by his outstanding performance.
The United Academy graduate will enter the last 12 months of his contract this summer and there seems little hope that he will extend his deal at Old Trafford, meaning the club will try to sell it to avoid getting him in late 2021-22 for nothing. campaign.
But United is still expected to ask for a significant amount – a whopping £ 30 million – and is sure to spark a bidding war given Lingard’s breathtaking resurgence this season.
Lingard found playing time difficult to come by at Manchester United prior to his move on loan
Meanwhile, West Ham will permanently sign Craig Dawson for £ 2 million after a clause in his contract triggered his 15th Premier League start in Monday’s win against Wolves.
Dawson was loaned out by Championship club Watford for a season and played a key role in the Hammers’ fight for Europe.
The 30-year-old’s deal with West Ham will run until the summer of 2023.
West Ham will permanently contract Craig Dawson after a clause in his contract is triggered
Dawson said: “Coming to West Ham has been a great move for myself, and it has been a privilege to play for a club with such rooted traditions. The team has a real solidarity, team spirit and high quality.
“I am excited about what my future at the club can bring and the potential for what we can achieve.”
Manager David Moyes added: “Craig’s performance, attitude and the impact he has had show why he deserves a permanent deal. He arrived with a wealth of Premier League experience and that has been very important to us. ‘