Speaking recently on The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee discussed West Ham United’s interest in signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer.
Since joining West Ham on a five-month loan deal from Manchester United back in January, the 28-year-old has highly impressed over his six Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side, scoring four goals and providing one assist, in addition to averaging a remarkable WhoScored match rating of 7.41/10 – ranking him as the Hammers’ best performer in the top flight, as well as the seventh-best in the entire the division.
As a result, it has been reported that Moyes is extremely keen on signing the £13.5 million-rated man on a permanent basis this summer, and, speaking on a recent episode of The West Ham Way, ExWHUemployee revealed how much he would expect Lingard to set the Hammers back.
He said: “We might be looking at a £15 million fee for him. His wages are quite high, so if we signed him, it would definitely put him in the top bracket of earners at the club – possibly the highest earner.
“But at the age of 28 and the impact that he has already made, I would say that that’s the central signing – get Lingard signed first and then see what you’ve got to play with, sign a couple of forwards.”
Could West Ham sign Lingard this summer?
TIF Thoughts on ExWHUemployee’s comments regarding Jesse Lingard’s future…
Considering the extraordinary form Lingard has been in since joining West Ham earlier this year, it is not surprising in the least that the West Ham insider believes that the attacking midfielder should be a priority for the east London side in the summer transfer window.
And, if the quoted asking price of £15 million is to be believed, in our opinion, the signing of Lingard would represent something of a bargain for the Hammers.
However, at that price, it wouldn’t be too surprising if a number of other clubs were also attempting to lure the England international away from Old Trafford alongside West Ham.