Jesse Lingard will not be a West Ham player next season even though the club plan to “do whatever it takes to try and sign” him permanently this summer.
That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the London club’s hopes of securing the 28-year-old’s services from Manchester United on a permanent basis.
Lingard has excelled since moving to the London Stadium on loan in January, with his eight league appearances yielding six goals and four assists.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) April 5, 2021
Sky Sports‘ Kaveh Solhekol revealed on Tuesday that the Hammers will “do whatever it takes to try and sign” Lingard permanently at the end of the season.
However, West Ham do not have an option to buy and any deal would be reliant on United.
When asked to assess the Hammers’ chances of signing Lingard permanently, Campbell told Football Insider: “I think West Ham will struggle to sign him in the summer.
“At the end of the day, he is a United player. It is not as if he has never performed for Manchester United before.
“There is nothing worse than sending someone out to go and get some game time and the next thing you know he is ripping it to pieces. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be thinking, ‘He could be doing that for us.’
“West Ham are benefitting now but I cannot see him being there next season.”