Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that he expects West Ham to pay whatever it costs to sign Jesse Lingard permanently this summer, although manager David Moyes may have to make some sacrifices.
Lingard is currently on loan at the London Stadium from Manchester United and has made an incredible impact, scoring twice in his last outing for the Hammers against Leicester City.
As a result, Manchester United have now reportedly slapped a £30m price tag on their in-form player. For Fry, though, that will not be enough to detract West Ham, who he believes will go all out to sign the 28-year-old attacking midfielder on a long-term basis.
When asked if GSB would be willing to pay £30m to bring Lingard to the London Stadium, Fry told FFC:
“I think they’ll pay whatever they’ve got to pay, you know, but I think David [Moyes] might have to get rid of one or two of the fringe players like he did last summer to be honest.
“They [GSB] will help him as much as they can. The thing about David Moyes is he won’t sign a player just for the sake of signing a player. He will only sign a player if he thinks he can go in that team or squad and improve that squad.
“So he won’t just get an also-ran. He’ll want a top-quality player that will make a difference on and off the field for West Ham.”
It will be interesting to see whether David Gold and David Sullivan do fork out on Lingard in the end. Following the 3-2 win versus Leicester where he excelled again, they surely have to at least make a real effort to sign the England international permanently.