Whelan tells West Ham to sanction blockbuster deal as Lingard demands revealed
Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to sanction a blockbuster contract to re-sign Jesse Lingard this summer.
The ex-Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has claimed the 28-year-old proved his worth during his fantastic loan spell in east London.
As revealed by Football Insider on Friday, (18th June), revealed that Lingard will demand a pay rise from his terms at Manchester United to rejoin West Ham permanently.
It is understood that would push him into the top bracket of earners at the London Stadium.
Lingard has one year left on his Manchester United contract, meaning he could leave on free next summer.
However, Whelan urged West Ham to make a statement and re-sign Lingard this year.
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“A club knows that if you’re going to prise away a player from a top club, you’re gonna have to tempt them with more money,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“That’s not just West ham and Manchester United, that’s every club in the Premier League or in the Championship.
“You’ve got to offer them something that’s going to entice them to leave their parent club. Something to come across and play for West Ham.
“The ball has always been in Jesse Lingard’s court after the way he finished the season.
“He was very close to getting into the England squad as well and probably should’ve been in there.
“He was a big turning point in West Ham getting European football. So if you’re going to be successful and progress next year – which David Moyes is wanting to do – and do well in Europe and the cup competitions, yes he’s worth the money.
“I don’t think anybody at West ham as a player would grumble at that. I think he’d be an added asset and to have players like that will only bring more success to you.”
Lingard made 16 appearances for West Ham last season.
He scored an impressive 9 times for the East London club after signing in January.
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