Despite enjoying a hugely successful short-term loan with West Ham United last season, recent reports have suggested the Hammers are struggling to make Jesse Lingard’s switch permanent this summer.
That’s according to a recent report from The Athletic, who have claimed that ahead of the new 2021-22 season, the London-based club would love to sign the English midfielder on a permanent deal.
However, with the Red Devils’ hierarchy demanding as much as £30m for the out-of-favour midfielder, the Hammers are struggling to come up with the funds required.
Expected to only be able to complete the signing of Lingard from United, The Athletic believe outgoings will be needed if the club is to balance their books accordingly.
Lingard featured in 16 matches, in all competitions for David Moyes’ side last season, directly contributing to an impressive 14 goals, along the way.
The 28-year-old’s late flurry saw him emerge as an outsider to make Gareth Southgate’s Euros 2020 squad and although featuring heavily during the country’s pre-tournament friendlies, Lingard narrowly missed out on a place among the manager’s final 26-man squad.