West Ham United have reportedly vowed to do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign Jesse Lingard after Manchester United put a £30m asking price on the England international.
Lingard has scored six goals in eight matches since moving to east London on loan for the remainder of the campaign in the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old has barely kicked a ball for the Red devils in the past 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted Lingard to get some game time ahead of the European Championships.
But while United have never lost faith in the ability of Lingard, even though they have been surprised at the level of the player’s displays since moving to the London side.
Those performances have earned Lingard a recall to the England national team and David Moyes has made it clear that they want to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis this summer window.
United were willing to accept around £20m for Lingard last summer but his value has increased with his recent displays.
According to Metro.co.uk, United hope to earn around £30m through his sale and it’s been reported that the figure would be too high for the Hammers, particularly as he would have just a year remaining on his deal at the end of the campaign.
But a senior source at West Ham reportedly told Sky Sports that the Hammers will exhaust every avenue in order to sign Lingard. ‘We will do whatever it takes to sign him,’ a source told Sky Sports. ‘He’s been outstanding for us.’
Speaking after the win over Wolves, Lingard revealed his good form is down to consistency. He said: ‘I have not played much in the last two years so to play week in week out is good. The team help me.’