By Wayne Veysey

4th Jul, 2022 | 6:45am

Sources: Jesse Lingard tells Everton and West Ham he wants £150,000-a-week deal

West Ham and Everton have been told that Jesse Lingard is holding out for a deal worth £150,000-a-week, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The attacking midfielder, 29, is a free agent following the expiry of his Man United contract and available on a free transfer.

But he is yet to finalise a move to a new club and a recruitment source has told Football Insider the hold-up is due to Lingard’s cash demands.

He wants a long-term contract worth equivalent to more than £7.5million-a-year and believes that could be good value given there would be no fee involved.

West Ham are pushing hard to lure Lingard back to the club where he dazzled during a loan spell in the second half of 2020-21.

They have offered a long-term deal to the United academy product and David Moyes remains a huge admirer of him.

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Everton are also in the race and, the source explained, could be more willing to meet Lingard’s pay demands.

As revealed by Football Insider they won the race for James Tarkowski, who was also a free agent after running down his Burnley contract, by handing him a deal worth £120,000-a-week.

West Ham have a tighter pay structure and may not want to shatter it for Lingard.

But the two Premier League clubs still lead the running for a player with 32 England caps and extensive top-level experience.

During his loan at West Ham, he was a nailed-on starter and scored nine goals and supplied five assists during the second half of 2020-21.

Recently-retired former Irons captain Mark Noble hailed Lingard as “phenomenal” and revealed “we’d love to have him back”.

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