Peterborough club director and Director of Football Barry Fry has claimed that sacrifices will need to be made if West Ham are to convert Jesse Lingard’s loan into a permanent one.
Speaking to FootballFanCast, Fry spoke on what it would take to facilitate a move for the in-form playmaker:
“I think they’ll pay whatever they’ve got to pay, you know, but I think David [Moyes] might have to get rid of one or two of the fringe players like he did last summer to be honest.
“They [GSB] will help him as much as they can. The thing about David Moyes is he won’t sign a player just for the sake of signing a player. He will only sign a player if he thinks he can go in that team or squad and improve that squad.
“So he won’t just get an also-ran. He’ll want a top-quality player that will make a difference on and off the field for West Ham.”
West Ham’s owners will be keen to avoid a bidding war in their efforts to move heaven and earth to sign Lingard, who is reportedly a top summer transfer priority.
Equally, Manchester United appear keen to leverage Lingard’s situations; one report has claimed that the club have set a £30 million tag on their academy graduate.
If that is the case, it is almost inevitable that West Ham will need to offload unwanted personnel to soften the blow of any significant transfer fee.
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