Football journalist Matt Cunningham has called for West Ham United to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal during the upcoming summer transfer window when his loan deal at the club from fellow Premier League side Manchester United expires.
This comes after Cunningham made an appearance on a recent episode of the Football Social Daily Podcast where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the Premier League and its clubs.
On the subject of Lingard and his future with West Ham, Cunningham had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I do hope that West Ham find a way to keep him permanently in the summer because I think it’d be great for his career and they’re a team that [are] pushing up the league, becoming a better side, they’ve had a fantastic season so far and he just fits perfectly, and you can see that on the pitch with the way he’s playing.”
Lingard joined David Moyes’ side back in the previous January transfer window on a loan deal from the Red Devils. Since his arrival at The London Stadium, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £13.5 million, has made eight appearances for West Ham in the Premier League, scoring six goals and providing four assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Matt Cunningham’s comments on a potential permanent summer move to West Ham for Lingard…
Considering how many goals and assists Lingard has managed to rack up during his time at West Ham, it’s understandable why Cunningham has shared his hopes for the east London club to sign him on a permanent deal this summer, which we also agree would be a great piece of business for the club.
As well as this, his overall performances for West Ham in the Premier League have earned him a solid season rating of 7.52/10, making him the highest-rated player in their squad at this moment in time (per WhoScored).
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However, if Lingard continues to impress with West Ham until the end of the season, there’s every chance that the Manchester club would not be willing to sell the midfield man to anyone on a permanent basis and would rather keep him in their squad, which would make it difficult for West Ham, or anyone else, to try and work out a deal to sign him permanently.