Alex McLeish has tipped West Ham to break the bank to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester United.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Red Devils would ramp up the 28-year-old’s price tag after his “incredible form”.
Sky Sports claim the Irons will do whatever it takes to seal a permanent deal for the attacking midfielder.
He has scored six goals and contributed four assists in just six appearances so far for the Hammers.
Speaking after the 3-2 win over Arsenal, Sky Sports’ Gary Neville heralded the “incredible” amount of running Lingard got through.
McLeish suggested West Ham would have got a decent price if they tried signing him permanently in January.
However, he insisted there would now be a hefty fee to pay.
“You know the prices but Man United are obviously going to up the ante because of his incredible form,” Mcleish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“If West Ham had made an offer on the first weekend he arrived then I’m sure it would be much cheaper than what they’re going to charge now.
“This player has kind of lost his mojo. He was playing for England at World Cups back in his Man U days.
“It’s great to see a footballer enjoying his game as much as he has in recent weeks. To see a boy getting his confidence and back to the level he’s playing at, the level we thought he was capable of in the beginning is brilliant.”
“It’s not brilliant for Man United but it could be brilliant with the fee that they get. It’s great for West Ham and it looks as if he’s playing with freedom.”