Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has confirmed that West Ham will do all they can to secure Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer.
A number of other teams have entered the running for the 28-year-old. Reports suggest that Arsenal are among the interested parties, and Solhekol says that, despite United being expected to raise their asking price for the England international, the Hammers are fully committed to winning the race for his signature:
“Now, I know United would have been open to selling him for something in the region of £15m in the past. But that is not going to be enough money this summer. I think it’’s going to cost much more than that to get him. My understanding of the situation as far as West Ham are concerned is that he has made such a big impact at club, that they will do whatever it takes to sign him.”
“And when I say ‘whatever it takes’, I’m not saying that they will pay stupid money for him. But they will definitely match or try and better what any other club is offering for him, then I think it will come down to what he wants to do.”
It has been claimed that United may increase their valuation to as much as £30m but those figures have not been corroborated, and Solhekol does not state a figure himself.
Lingard’s impressive form has seen him score six goals in just eight appearances. If he continues in the same vein until the end of the season, there are likely to be a whole host of teams willing to pay top dollar for him, despite the fact he has just one year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford. West Ham manager David Moyes will, though, be hoping that the player’s good experience at the London club will sway things in their favour.