Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is the type of player Aston Villa would be interested in but a move is unlikely, says Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.
Lingard spent the second half of last season out on loan at West Ham and thoroughly impressed. There, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder scored nine goals and provided four assists in just 16 Premier League appearances.
As things stand, though, a return to the London Stadium does not seem to be an option, with The Athletic recently reporting that the Hammers cannot afford the £30m fee United are demanding for a permanent deal.
Prior, Football Insider had claimed that Villa were ready to make a move for Lingard this summer, so now could be a good opportunity for them to act, with West Ham seemingly out of the running.
Hatfield, though, cannot see such happening, suggesting United’s asking price will also be a problem for Villa.
“I think in terms of his experience and stuff, he’d be the type of player they’d be interested in,” the Villa journalist told FFC. “I just think his age probably goes against it.
“And the issue that West Ham have had is the fee United want for him. I think Villa would probably agree with that for a player of his age because you’re not going to get much resale on him.
“If the money’s not right for them, then it wouldn’t shock me if it’s not right for Villa either.”
With there still some time before the transfer window closes, this saga surrounding Lingard probably isn’t finished yet.