Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has told Football FanCast that West Ham United will do all they can to keep Jesse Lingard at the club on a permanent basis, amid a report from Eurosport stating that he is keen on a permanent switch to the London Stadium.
The Hammers took the Manchester United star on loan in the January transfer window.
He has been in incredible form for the Irons, as the club bid to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
The Irons lost ground in that race on Saturday, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, leaving the Blues with an advantage in the run-in, as they now sit three points clear of David Moyes’ men.
Still, Lingard has scored nine goals and registered four assists in 11 games, including a run of five goals in four games.
The Irons do not have an option to buy Lingard but Fry, who worked under David Sullivan and David Gold at Birmingham City, insists that the Irons co-owners will make a serious play to sign him permanently.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Fry said: “Jesse Lingard, what a January signing, if only on loan.
“People say to me ‘oh, they won’t keep him, he’ll go to a bigger club’, I’m not so sure. I think the two Davids will have a go. If Manchester United want to sell him, and he’s only got a year left, so either Manchester United have got to offer him a lucrative three or four year contract (or let him go).
“Jesse Lingard wants to play football and he never got a look-in at Man United so I can’t see him signing a long-term contract with Man United.
“Man United will have to put a price on him and I’m telling you, West Ham will negotiate that price. West Ham will have a go for him.”