Mills: Door opening for West Ham to complete Lingard signing amid major reveal
Manchester United will be willing to sell Jesse Lingard to West Ham – despite what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.
That is the view of ex-England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the United boss delivered an update on Lingard’s future.
Solskjaer revealed earlier this month (19 July) to Sky Sports that the England star is part of his plans for the new season.
Football Insider understands West Ham are keen to bring the 28-year-old back to the London Stadium and the latest from a club source is they are hopeful a deal can be agreed.
“I don’t quite understand this,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Whether it’s just Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United saying the right things to keep the transfer fee high. The moment you say he’s surplus to requirements you annoy the player and devalue him very, very quickly because everybody knows you want to get rid of him.
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“I said this when he went to West Ham and started playing well, Ole said ‘Oh, he was brilliant with us, he’d been training well and looking sharp’. Why did you let him go out on loan then?
“He didn’t take time to get going, he hit the ground immediately. If he was sharp in training and looking after himself like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer squad, why was he not in and around the Man United squad?
“Suddenly, he’s gone out and done well and now he’s back in. There was no reason to send him out on loan in the first place, if that was the case.
“I think this is a little bit of a bluff. They want to keep up appearances, ‘We want to keep him. If you want him, you’re going to have to prise him away rather than us give him away’.”