Peterborough United club director Barry Fry has talked up West Ham’s chances of converting on-loan playmaker Jesse Lingard’s current deal into a permanent one.
Lingard has enjoyed an indomitable run of Premier League form since his January switch from Manchester United to east London.
His loan spell has seen him score 8 goals in 9 games in the Premier League, adding 4 assists on top of that prolific streak thus far.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Fry spoke on the Hammers’ ambitions to sign the in-form playmaker: “Knowing the West Ham owners, I think they will try their best if David Moyes wants Lingard permanently. I think they’ll do everything in their power to get him at West Ham.
“He’s obviously got a relationship with David Moyes, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone there in the first place.
“He’s been absolutely fantastic. He’s got back in the England squad and showed his worth and he’s been outstanding for West Ham. Lingard’s special.”
The Hammers’ owners will certainly have a fight on their hands to acquire Lingard – but retain an ace up their sleeves.
PSG, Real Madrid and Inter are monitoring Lingard’s situation at Man United, according to ESPN sources, but Lingard’s existing chemistry and settled status within the squad surely offers the Irons an edge.
Whilst the aforementioned names are some of European football’s best-known giants, West Ham themselves are not without their own ambitions.
Lingard’s efforts have helped fire the Irons to a position front-and-centre in the race for Champions League football next season, meaning that Lingard might not miss out on the highest echelons of European football – even if he signs on with West Ham.
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