Jesse Lingard remains West Ham United’s top priority this summer, according to an ever-reliable source…
The anonymous but trustworthy ExWHUemployee delivered a fresh update on the situation following a question from one supporter. He said:
“Nope Jesse is still the number one priority.”
In recent weeks, the Irons have been linked to a number of alternative options in the attacking midfield role, ranging from hardly-seen Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Aston Villa bound Emi Buendia – even relegated West Brom playmaker Matheus Pereira has been linked.
Furthermore, there have also been reports suggesting that the Europa League clinching Hammers could miss out on signing him due to his £100k-per-week wage demands, which would put him amongst the club’s highest earners.
As evident by the question posed to Ex, it certainly seems that many in East London were getting a little worried over their prospects of clinching the £20m-rated sensation on a permanent deal.
Given that uncertainty had started to creep in, it’s hugely encouraging to see Ex make this update.
Lingard has been one of David Moyes’ star performers since his arrival in January, so it’s no wonder the 58-year-old and the fans are absolutely desperate to see him join.
As per WhoScored, the Manchester United outcast provided West Ham with nine goals and four assists, which saw him graded as their second-best season across the campaign, with the 28-year-old recording a 7.22.
He was only beaten on goals by Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio (ten apiece), whilst it was the Czech monster who topped the rating charts (7.36).
Lingard’s form at the London Stadium even earned him a surprise recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad – that’s how well he has been performing in recent months and whilst he did not make the final 26-man cohort for the Euros, he’ll have been delighted to have been back involved.
That also gives David Sullivan and co a huge boost as they can now begin talks with Lingard far sooner than expected and if Ex is bang on the money – as he often is – then the chances of seeing the attacking midfield dynamo back in the claret and blue seems quite high.
He’s their top target, so now it’s on the club to get this deal over the line.