By Alex McLeish

13th Mar, 2021 | 8:00am

McLeish: West Ham 'menace' Lingard may have ignited summer transfer battle

Jesse Lingard may have ignited a summer transfer battle with his performances at West Ham, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Aston Villa and Rangers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old had proven himself as a “menace” once again following his temporary move to east London.

Lingard has already netted four goals and contributed two assists in six appearances for the Irons.

His latest strike came against Leeds United on Monday night when he poked home after Illan Meslier saved his penalty.

His rejuvenation at the London Stadium has come after a frustrating first half of the season at Machester United.

He made just three appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, all of which came in either the FA Cup or League Cup.

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However, McLeish suggested Lingard would have a number of suitors sniffing around at a potential summer deal.

Asked if he thought Lingard would be in demand this summer, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Absolutely. He is scoring goals and getting penalties, free kicks in and around the box. Lingard’s an absolute threat to defences.

“He’s still a young guy and he’s doing the things he was doing when he was an England player.

“He’s scoring goals, getting in good positions, a menace to defences.”

Lingard has 139 Premier League appearances under his belt to date, as well as 24 caps for England.

His last league start for Manchester United came back on New Year’s Day 2020 against Arsenal.

In other news, David Sullivan will be ‘really happy’ as West Ham close in on ‘amazing’ signing.