West Ham are ready to do all they can to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal.
Manchester United have never been afraid to give young players a chance. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued that mantra.
After all, it’s in this clubs’ DNA to do exactly that. However, sometimes, you’re forced into letting some homegrown talents leave – purely because there are not enough minutes to go around.
It’s fair to say Jesse Lingard has found it tough over the last couple of seasons. The Englishman has struggled for form, with fans turning their backs on their number 14. Confidence was low, opportunities were sparse, a move away felt inevitable.
In January, West Ham would come calling. They’d take Lingard on a loan deal. I don’t think anyone believed it’d go this well for the 28-year-old, who is amongst the best players in the country right now.
West Ham are now ready to do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign the United star on a permanent, who has 10 goal contributions in 9 games (6 goals, 4 assists).
“We will do whatever it takes to sign him,” a senior West Ham source said to Sky Sports. “He’s been outstanding for us.“
First and foremost, I’m just delighted for Jesse. He has always given his absolute all for Manchester United. That attitude never changed.
At this stage in his career, Lingard just wanted to play football week-in-week-out. David Moyes of all people, offered him that chance.
Now, United have a decision to make about Lingard’s long-term future. I sincerely hope they make the right one for all involved. There can be no room for sentiment in football and as much as I’d love to see Lingard succeed at the Theatre of Dreams, I fear if he came back to Manchester, he’d be right back at square one.
The Old Trafford club should sell where Lingard’s value is high. Even with just a year left on his contract, you’d hope United can get somewhere around the £25million mark in terms of a transfer fee. That amount certainly feels fair given how impactful Lingard has been for The Hammers. Heck, he may even propel them to a Champions League berth!
It will be sad to see him walk away for good – but it’s the best outcome for everyone involved.
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