By Kevin Phillips

21st Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit tips West Ham to pull off 'massive' Lingard signing after senior figure admission

Kevin Phillips has tipped West ham to seal a “massive boost” with the signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United.

The former striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he would be “very surprised” if the England international did not return from Old Trafford.

The Express reported on Tuesday (August 17th) that West Ham will make a new and final bid for Lingard.

The report states United’s asking price is around £20million.

West Ham coach Pearce admitted to talkSPORT on Monday it is an “open secret” the Irons want to re-sign Lingard.

Phillips suggested Lingard had come to a realisation about his future at Old Trafford.

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He told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild: “From the player’s point of view, I think he was hoping to get an opportunity to play for a club that he loves in Manchester United.

“I think he’s realised now that it’s not going to happen.

“I’ve read the Stuart Pearce quotes; I think West Ham have every right to throw everything into getting this deal over the line.

“It doesn’t look like Declan Rice will be moving anywhere, so to get Lingard through the door as well would be a massive boost.

“I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t sign for West Ham.”

Hammers boss David Moyes has made just two summer signings during this window.

Alphonse Areola and Craig Dawson have joined to help the East London side establish their status as a top-half Premier League side.

Lingard thrived during a half-season loan spell at the London Stadium last term, scoring nine and providing five in 16 games.

The Manchester United midfielder was instrumental in ensuring Europa League football for West Ham.

In other news, this ex-manager has urged Kurt Zouma to sign for the Hammers this summer.