Discussing the future of the 28-year-old, Ex admitted West Ham will likely not be the only side looking to secure the services of Lingard on a permanent deal this summer.
He said: “I think they’re going to try [and] get as much out of us as possible because they’ll know that other clubs are going to be keen on him. I mean, originally, we’re talking £15m, £20m.
“I’d like to think that will still be the fee. But the problem is going to be if other clubs start to come in for him. I can’t understand, like I said on the earlier part of the show, why any other club wouldn’t want to come for him.
“So, we’ve just got to make sure that we do all that we can to secure that deal because I honestly believe it’s essential for him to be here next season.”
Will West Ham sign Lingard permanently?
TIF Thoughts on Ex’s comments…
As each game goes by, West Ham will surely be wanting to sign Lingard on a permanent deal more and more given his form. The 28-year-old has shown some incredible form which has earned him a spot back in the England squad and helped West Ham in their bid for a place in the top four of the Premier League.
Before moving to the London Stadium on a half-season loan, Lingard had not played a single minute of Premier League action for Manchester United and only made it on the bench on four occasions. The decision may well be taken out of United’s hands if the player does not want to return to Manchester given the lack of opportunities provided to him earlier this season – even if United would like him back.