Phillips verdict on West Ham capping amazing 'story' by 'breaking the bank' for Lingard

West Ham will struggle to sign Jesse Lingard even if the club secures a top four finish, according to Kevin Phillips. 

The former Sunderland hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims West Ham will not break the bank to sign the attacker.

Lingard, 28, joined West Ham on loan from Manchester United in January and has flourished under David Moyes.

The Daily Mail claim West Ham want to make Lingard’s move permanent after an impressive haul of nine goals in 14 appearances.

Last month, this site revealed that Aston Villa have joined the race to sign the England international who is held in high regard by the club’s coaches.

The Hammers drew 1-1 with Brighton Saturday in what Phillips called a ‘blow’ to the club’s hopes of securing the financial boost Champions League football brings.

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“Financially, signing Lingard, it might not be possible,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“It might be hard to sign him even if they do make the Champions League, which isn’t great if you’re a supporter. 

“It was another blow for them against Brighton which is a shame because what a story it would be if they got Champions League football. 

“Either way, West Ham will look at signing him. Financially, if it’s not viable and it will break the bank, they won’t do it. 

“Especially in today’s climate. Champions League does help so it will be interesting to see what happens there.”

Against Brighton, Said Benrahma scored his first goal for the Hammers just minutes after Danny Welbeck put his side ahead.

This leaves the Irons five points off the top four with two games to play.

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