West Ham fear Man Utd will drive up asking price for Jesse Lingard

West Ham will want to keep hold of Jesse Lingard when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

According to Daily Mail reporter Sami Mokel, the Hammers are set to launch a permanent move for Lingard — but they are concerned about how much Manchester United will demand for the England international.

Apparently there is optimism at the London Stadium that a deal can be reached between the two clubs and we expect negotiations to take place.

While nothing has been agreed yet, it is understood that West Ham would like to conduct talks before the end of the season, presumably to see how much the Red Devils are demanding for Lingard’s signature.

The report goes on to claim that United are expected to ask for as much as £30m.

Lingard has been in amazing form since joining West Ham on loan, scoring six goals in eight games and assisting four times.

Even Lukaku enjoyed Lingard’s solo goal against Wolves last night.

His performances have earned him an England recall and I think there’s a good chance he will make the squad for this summer’s European Championships.

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