Date: 28th January 2021 at 2:20pm
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United insider ExWHUemployee has claimed there is a “stumbling block” in the Hammers’ interest in Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

Yesterday, it was reported by Sky Sports that the Irons had converted Said Benrahma’s deal at the London Stadium into a permanent transfer from Brentford.

The move by West Ham comes amid reports that they want to sign Lingard on loan from Devils until the end of the season.

In Sky Sports’ report detailing Benrahma’s signing, it was claimed that the transfer may have been made with the English midfielder ‘in mind‘ as that move is now possible due to freeing up a domestic loan space.

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, ExWHUemployee claimed there was a “stumbling block” in the Hammers’ interest in Lingard.

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He said: “The stumbling block at the moment is that Manchester United are demanding a large loan fee and then if we want to make it permanent, a large permanent fee.

“The word I’m getting out of the is that they don’t want to be bullied by Manchester United and to pay over the top for someone whose is up not this summer, [but] the summer after.

“So, his value can’t be that high anyway because he’d be a free transfer in a season and a half’s time. So, they don’t want to be bullied and that’s what’s holding it up.”

TIF Thoughts on what ExWHUemployee said about Jesse Lingard…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, he believes that the “stumbling” block in a deal for the English midfielder is the Red Devils’ demands.

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With the 28-year-old midfielder having until the summer of 2022 on his existing deal at Old Trafford, Lingard has a current market value of £9m according to Transfermarkt.

As Lingard has only made three appearances in all competitions this term, none of which were in the Premier League, anything above that market value would likely be over the odds.

Furthermore, he earned an unimpressive 6.30/10 average rating after bagging just one goal in 22 Premier League outings last term (per WhoScored).

So, seemingly, it would be a sensible decision from David Moyes’ side to stand their ground and not pay what they believe to be over the odds for the player.