By Danny Mills

12th Mar, 2021 | 7:25pm

Mills: West Ham tipped to sign Lingard for £15m after insider reveal

Danny Mills has suggested West Ham would have to pay Manchester United as little as £15million to sign Jesse Lingard permanently.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender claimed Lingard would be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford next season.

ExWHUemployee claimed on a recent West Ham way podcast that the England international has expressed an interested in turning his loan deal into a permanent transfer in the summer.

The 28-year-old has been a revelation since moving to the London Stadium in January and has scored four goals and provided two assists in six Premier League games.

Asked how much the Hammers would have to pay to sign Lingard, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s an interesting one.

“I guess it depends on how much Manchester United want to get rid of him, how much Manchester United want to get him off the wage bill. I’m sure there’s a deal to be had and that is for sure – they certainly can work something out.

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“He’s got a year left so if he sits there for six months he can go abroad for nothing. If he’s there next year they’re probably going to have to loan him out anyhow.

“His loan fee was £1.5million. So last year of his contract, get him off the wage bill they might take something as low as £15million perhaps.

“He’s clearly not part of Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer’s plans so do they keep him around for the sake of it? Or somebody gives them £15million and they let him go.

“Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and West Ham could end up getting a real bargain.”

In other news, West Ham are among a host of Premier League clubs racing to sign a Europa League sensation.