‘Not a chance’ Jesse Lingard will join West Ham permanently as Manchester United set to demand £60million for loan star, reckons Simon Jordan April 6, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Manchester United could demand £60million for Jesse Lingard this summer and there is ‘no chance’ West Ham will sign him permanently.
That is the view of Simon Jordan, who simply cannot see the Hammers having the funds to do a deal for the loan star.
The 28-year-old midfielder has been a revelation since joining West Ham on loan in January, scoring six goals and registering three assists in eight Premier League games.
Lingard’s incredible form resulted in an England recall last month and he has forced himself back into contention for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
West Ham will be desperate to keep him beyond this season but former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes his value has sky-rocketed and the financial implications will rule them out of securing his signature.
When talkSPORT host Jim White revealed he had been told West Ham bosses will do ‘all they can’ to buy Lingard, Jordan replied: “Not a chance.
“I just don’t see where there is a parallel universe where they’re going to get Lingard to West Ham or they’re going to get the economics of the Lingard deal to West Ham.
“What West Ham have achieved is putting Lingard back on the map, giving Lingard a stage where he can play at the level that clearly he’s capable of.
“All that will do is increase the cost implications of getting him in the first place.
“[If Lingard wants to join West Ham permanently] what Manchester United will say is, ‘that’s great, you can go there if you want to, that’s £60m’.
“They’ll enter discussions. Then maybe it’ll be £30m or £40m. Maybe Man United will do a deal with Lingard that involves him signing a long-term contract to protect their interests.”
Lingard had made just three cup appearances for United in the first half of the season, before being given a new lease of life at West Ham.
He still has more than 12 months to run on his United contract and club legend Gary Neville reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may now want him back.
But Trevor Sinclair, the former West Ham star, has questioned why Lingard would want to return to Old Trafford as a squad player.
He told talkSPORT: “We talk about the different players that they brought in and Jesse Lingard, he’s playing so well but he might be out of our price range. That’s how well he’s playing.
“He had such an uncomfortable time at Manchester United being left out in the cold that he won’t want to go back out there and be a squad player.
“Look at him, six goals and three assists since he joined West Ham! I have to say I was a bit sceptical with all his handshakes and that but since he came to West Ham, he’s put a smile on my face.
“If you’re at a football club that appreciates and values you, why would you want to go?”