By Noel Whelan

17th Jun, 2022 | 9:40am

West Ham could sell £30m star to fund Jesse Lingard move as decision made - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham could sell Said Benrahma to fund a free transfer swoop for Jesse Lingard this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Lingard is more consistent and capable of producing a greater impact than the 26-year-old Algeria international.

According to The Sun (8 June), West Ham are ready to listen to offers for Benrahma this summer with David Moyes looking to upgrade his squad in the transfer market.

The report claims free agent Lingard, who notched nine goals and five assists on loan at the London Stadium last year (2021), is among Moyes’ potential targets.

Benrahma cost a reported total fee of £30million in 2020.

However, he has managed just 12 goals and 13 assists in total since joining West Ham.

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Whelan backed the Irons to sell the former Brentford man this summer and reappropriate the funds elsewhere.

“They may be thinking about letting Benrahma go to bring Lingard in,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“He’s a player that you know can do it in the Premier League, week-in, week-out. He’s proven that at West Ham.

“He probably had a bigger impact in six months than Benrahma has had in two seasons.

“Moyes is looking for that consistency and that influence. He’ll be considering cashing in on Benrahma, bringing Lingard in and then using that money somewhere else.”

Lingard is reportedly demanding a base wage of £180,000-a-week in order to rejoin West Ham on a free transfer.

The midfielder played just 548 minutes of football in the 2021-22 campaign.

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