The Jesse Lingard saga continues but this time there is good news for West Ham United fans.

West Ham fans were devastated to hear Lingard wanted to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United in a recent report from The Sun.

Hammers insider ExWHUemployee backed up those claims with his own Lingard update claiming the midfield ace now looked likely to stay at Man United. That’s despite telling his West Ham teammates he wanted to stay at the London Stadium before his loan deal ended.

It was a bitter blow for some fans excited by the prospect of signing the infectious personality permanently.

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Fresh Lingard transfer twist for West Ham and this time it’s good news

But now there has been a fresh twist after Football Insider claimed Lingard very much remains open to a permanent West Ham move.

West Ham would have to make him their highest paid player – currently Andriy Yarmolenko on 115k per week.

“A recruitment source told Football Insider that West Ham have made it clear they want to convert his hugely successful recent loan into a permanent transfer,” Football Insider reports.

“Lingard is, in turn, keen to join the Irons full-time but wants an upgrade on his United terms.

“It could mean West Ham having to make the 28-year-old their top earner on a long-term contract.”

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Making Lingard top earner would present Rice dilemma so owners must step up to make sure it is not an issue

The big problem that would present for West Ham is Declan Rice.

The Hammers vice-captain and England star deserves to be West Ham’s top paid player – especially if the club want to keep him out of the clutches of the elite.

So West Ham co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady would need to step up to ensure Lingard is signed and Rice is remunerated accordingly to ensure he is the top dog.

If West Ham want to keep their best players they must reward success.

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Small price to pay to secure priority signing and keep West Ham’s top player happy

It would help if the Hammers can somehow offload Yarmolenko and/or Felipe Anderson this summer of course.

But Moyes pulled off a masterstroke by signing Lingard.

And the owners must back him if he wants to make that move permanent.

If that means bumping Rice’s pay up as a consequence then it is long overdue anyway.

Moyes knows he must beef up West Ham’s squad ahead of a season with European football and Lingard is his first priority.

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