In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, pundit Rob Lee claims that the £20 million fee West Ham United have reportedly been quoted by Manchester United for Jesse Lingard would be a smart piece of business.
Lingard has been in a rich vein of form for the Hammers registering four goals and one assist in six Premier League games and started every game since he arrived at the London Stadium.
The England international was a forgotten man at man United, however, former West Ham midfielder Lee believes Lingard would be a great signing for the Hammers if they could prise the Red Devils man away on a permanent basis.
The 28-year-old has shown in recent weeks he still has the quality to perform at the highest level, with his energy and ability on the ball helping maintain West Ham’s push for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Lee, who was born in West Ham, is desperate for his boyhood club to sign Lingard, especially if the quoted price is believed to be accurate. He told FFC:
“Yeah, it’s cheap. I think he’s come in and played five games, been man of the match three times and scored three times.
“I think at £20 million it would be a very good signing. He’s a proven Premier League and international player who’s had a rough time over the last year.
“He’s quick, skilful and scores goals. So, for £20 million in this day and age, it’s a good buy.”
Lingard has talent in abundance, however, it seems like his days at Man United may be numbered, so working under a former manager in David Moyes could be a move that works out for everyone.
West Ham will need reinforcements in the summer if they are to be playing in Europe next season, while Manchester United may need to shift Lingard’s wages and raise funds to bring players at the end of the campaign.