According to a report from Football London, Manchester United’s impending £40 million deal to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek could trigger West Ham’s capture of Jesse Lingard.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
But let’s be honest here. Manchester United play-maker Jesse Lingard should be nowhere near the top of the 57-year-old Scot’s wish-list.
West Ham desperately need to bolster their full-back and central defensive departments this summer.
Once that issue has been addressed, the addition of another centre-forward should be Moyes’s next port of call.
Football.London reckon that when Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brings Van de Beek to Old Trafford, however, Lingard could be on his way to the London Stadium.
It could be argued that we simply do not need the 27-year-old England international though.
Lingard, who earns £75,000 per week according to Spotrac, racked up just one goal and zero assists in 22 Premier League games for the Red Devils last season.
In those 22 outings, the United man averaged just one shot, 0.9 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
He is clearly a player in decline. And Manchester United want around £30 million for his services (GMS).
That is far too much money for West Ham to be spending on an attack minded player given our current circumstances.
We have plenty of strength in the attacking department. Moyes should be targeting some new defenders and a centre-forward. And we should be going nowhere near Lingard this summer.