By Noel Whelan

6th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Lingard could still complete '£35m' West Ham move from Man United - Whelan

Noel Whelan insists it makes “perfect sense” for Jesse Lingard to stay at Manchester United after a move to West Ham failed to materialise.

The former Leeds United hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the transfer window slammed shut.

The Telegraph reported (31 August) that the Hammers baulked at United’s £30million asking price for the midfielder, who has just one year left on his contract.

Lingard hit incredible form while on loan at the London Stadium last season, scoring nine goals in 16 games.

Earlier this summer, West Ham first-team coach Stuart Pearce told TalkSPORT how the club wanted the attacker to “come and join them”.

So far this season, Lingard has only played four competitive minutes.

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Whelan insists the player’s priority will be to establish himself as an important player at Old Trafford this season.

“We have to wait and see,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Noel Whelan.

“I’m very sure Solskjaer wouldn’t keep him unless he thought he had something to offer the club.

“He’s gone out there and shown a great attitude when he was at West Ham and put himself in the shop window again.

“He had been out of the picture for quite a while and he did everything he needed to do.

“Would he like to succeed at Man United, of course. He was worth £20million maybe before last season.

“The way he played at West Ham turned him into a £35million player quite frankly.

“I don’t think it’s a lot to play for someone with his ability. It makes perfect sense to me that he’s trying to be a part of Man United.”

In other news, Sources: Newman to join West Ham on 22 September after deal agreed.