Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Fabrizio Romano has suggested that West Ham will find it difficult to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old is currently at the club on loan from Manchester United and has instantly repaid the faith shown in him by David Moyes.
Since arriving at the London Stadium, Lingard has gone on to score five goals in just seven league appearances, making it little surprise that West Ham are eager to keep hold of the attacking midfielder.
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However, according to Romano, Manchester United could make things very difficult for the Hammers.
Speaking about Lingard’s future, Romano told GiveMeSport:
“At the moment, Manchester United are saying ‘the player is coming back, we are happy for Jesse to perform like this and we are willing to keep Jesse in the next season’, so Manchester United are in a win-win situation. I think he could stay after this fantastic six months with West Ham. Also, they could sell the player, make money and make profit and sign new players.
“So, at the moment, they are really happy with Lingard, with his performances. It won’t be easy for West Ham to negotiate with Manchester United because now the price is totally different.”
Lingard, whose form saw him earn a recall to the England squad, will have the chance to add to his impressive record in front of goal in a West Ham shirt when his side face Wolves next Monday. As for parent club Manchester United, they welcome Graham Potter’s Brighton to Old Trafford.