Pundit tips Tottenham to beat West Ham to Lingard after source's update
Noel Whelan has tipped Tottenham to beat West Ham to the signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted Spurs are still the bigger draw despite the Hammers being able to offer Europa League football.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (July 12th), West Ham fear the north Londoners could blow them out of the water for the 28-year-old.
A Hammers source told this site they consider Spurs big rivals as they try to re-sign the attacking midfielder.
The Manchester United star is a man in demand this summer, with the likes of Aston Villa also interested.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday (July 10th) Lingard is wanted by Nuno Espirito Santo as one of two players in a potential £100million-plus-players deal for Harry Kane.
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Despite West Ham qualifying for the Europa League next season, Whelan suggested Lingard would consider the “bigger picture” in deciding his next club.
Asked if he thought West Ham could lure Lingard back ahead of Spurs, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think in terms of European football, of course.
“But then you’ve got to look at the bigger picture. Tottenham are rebuilding. He will understand there will be process there that is not going to change overnight. It might take a season.
“When you look at everything that’s Tottenham have got to offer in terms of stadium, history, players that are already there he could be playing with, he’d absolutely want that.
“You want to play with (Heung-min) Son, you want to play with (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg. You want to play with top-class players and be a successful side. Now they could be successful, but not straight away.
“This is a process and a process probably over two to three years I can imagine. If you get the right players in they could end up turning their fortunes around.
“They could be a team that is more competitive again against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.”