If there’s one signing we’re all desperate for the club to get done this summer, it’s Jesse Lingard.
Ever since the 28-year-old arrived on loan in January and banged in nine goals in 16 appearances he’s been the one player fans want to see in claret and blue again next season.
The trouble is, his form for us in the second half of the season means Man United have a bit of a bargaining chip if we enquire about a permanent deal. Despite Lingard, who is valued at £19.8m by transfermarket, having just 12 months left on his Old Trafford contract, United will have every right to add a few million to his asking price after watching him rediscover his form at London Stadium.
But that shouldn’t stop us from going in for him and negotiating with United and if he’s told he no longer has a future at his boyhood club, then it’s fair to assume he’ll be willing to return to east London before the summer is out.
And Barry Fry, who was manager of Birmingham City when David Gold and David Sullivan bought the club in the early 1990’s, insists Moyes is going to do what he can to get Lingard back at West Ham during the transfer window.
He exclusively told West Ham World: “I know David Moyes brought him in and got the best out of him to begin with.
“He scored nine goals, which is brilliant. He was part of West Ham’s exciting, attacking football and Moyesy will try to get him, there’s no doubt about that.”
It’s not yet clear how much Man United would be willing to sell Lingard for this summer, if at all.
However, with the midfielder failing to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros, it does potentially free up some time for negotiations to take place sooner rather than later, if the club want to try and rush through a deal and get it out of the way.