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Paul Merson gets it horribly wrong with claim about Manuel Lanzini and Jesse Lingard
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Paul Merson gets it horribly wrong with claim about Manuel Lanzini and Jesse Lingard

Paul Merson has suggested that West Ham should sell Manuel Lanzini in order to sign Jesse Lingard this month.

Hammers boss David Moyes has a lot of work to do at the London Stadium in the January transfer window and signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United will undoubtedly be one of his main priorities.

West Ham are in an unbelievable position at the moment. We are in real contention for a top-four finish, have an FA Cup clash with Leeds to look forward to on Sunday and are safely through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

In order to continue our fine start to the season though, Moyes will have to bring in a couple of top-class players this month.

Numerous pundits have had their say on the situation at West Ham recently, with Paul Merson being one of those.

The Sky Sports pundit delivered his verdict on where Moyes should be looking to strengthen before the January window slams shut, when speaking to Sky Sports News (01/01/22 at 2:30 pm):

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“Yes, I would say that (a no-brainer for someone like Jesse Lingard). But how much would you have to pay for, Jesse? £30 or £40 million? You have got Vlasic, Benrahma, Fornals and Bowen. You have got all them kinds of players that where he will play. I like Lingard. You said to me on the last show, they might get rid of Lanzini. It depends, if they can get rid of Lanzini for £20 million, then get Lingard for £30 million. I would do a deal. But if you are going to keep all them players. Then there is going to be a problem of playing all these players. Who to play or who not to play – some managers don’t like that problem.”

Paul Merson misses the point badly with Lanzini and Lingard claim

The Sky Sports pundit has had an absolute shocker here…for three reasons.

Firstly, there is absolutely no way that Lingard is worth £30 million! The 29-year-old is out of contract in six month’s time and if he does leave Old Trafford this month, then it will be for a nominal fee.

Secondly, Manuel Lanzini has been in absolutely sensational form recently. The 28-year-old Argentinian ace has been arguably our best attacking performer over the past few weeks and it is clear to see that he is back to his best.

Selling Lanzini now, after he has rediscovered his best form would be a crazy decision.

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Thirdly, Moyes needs to strengthen his attacking ranks. One in and one out would obviously leave us in exactly the same position.

In actual fact, with Said Benrahma off at the Africa Cup of Nations for at least four or five weeks, we would be worse off than before.

It’s all about strengthening our squad this month. Sure, moving on some of the deadwood undoubtedly will be on Moyes’s agenda.

Lanzini definitely doesn’t fit into that particular category though.

Merson has had an absolute stinker here. Sometime pundits say things just to fill time on the airways without actually understanding the situation at the club in question.

And Merson’s comments on Lanzini and Lingard were clearly a case of exactly that.

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