West Ham United look set to seal a £21.5 million deal with Manchester United to sign Jesse Lingard.
That’s according to well-informed football journalist Pedro Almeida overnight.
Lingard has been sensational since signing on loan for West Ham from Man United in January.
Speculation rife over sensational Lingard’s future
His signing raised eyebrows but has proved a stroke of genius from David Moyes.
Lingard scored his ninth goal in 10 games in West Ham’s defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.
Speculation has been rife over Lingard’s future beyond this season. West Ham are desperate to keep the 28-year-old.
But Man United were said to be keen to offer him a new deal. And a host of other clubs are also interested.
Claret and Hugh claimed last week that Lingard will turn down a new Man United contract and has his heart set on West Ham.
West Ham ‘will’ make Lingard loan permanent in £21.5m deal claims journalist
The Evening Standard backed up claims that Lingard is loving life at West Ham.
And according to Almeida West Ham and Man United are set to agree a £21.5m deal for Lingard’s permanent transfer.
“West Ham will make Jesse Lingard’s loan a permanent deal,” Almeida claimed on Twitter last night.
“Manchester United wants 25M€ for the English player and the Hammers are willing to pay that amount.”
Perhaps Man United’s despicable plans to play in the new European Super League have helped expedite a deal for Lingard with West Ham?
The Red Devils – and the other five Prem clubs involved in the breakaway – believe they can hoover up an extra £300m per season in revenue.
Man United less worried about Lingard cash amid Super League plans
So suddenly haggling with West Ham over extra money for Lingard does not seem a priority for Man United.
Lingard is clearly loving life at West Ham.
And he feels strongly about having a positive environment around him.
He recently told beIN Sports that he prefers his apartment in London to his house in Manchester.
Lingard hobbled off at the end of West Ham’s last game.
But he is expected to be fit for the huge clash against Chelsea on Saturday.