By Kevin Phillips

11th Sep, 2021 | 11:00am

West Ham face Lingard bidding war after source's 'January' update - Phillips

Kevin Phillips claims West Ham could be drawn into a bidding war over Jesse Lingard.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the attacker’s future.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that dialogue is continuing behind the scenes with Lingard’s camp and a January deal is firmly on the cards.

The Hammers are open to a loan or permanent swoop for Lingard.

Manchester United were understood to be holding out for around £30million during the summer window.

Lingard has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal and is reportedly refusing to sign new terms.

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Phillips predicts Lingard will leave Old Trafford in the coming months but claims West Ham won’t be the only club interested.

“It’s still a no brainer,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“We all know his game time will be limited at Old Trafford and I don’t think he’ll sign a new deal.

“He will probably let his contract run down and he could go in January or wait for West Ham in the summer.

“Then he can demand even more wages and plenty of clubs can one-up each other then. So that might be the best move for him.

“Once it gets to January there will be other clubs interested, I’m sure. I wouldn’t say the writing is on the wall but it’s clear it’s time for Lingard to move on.

“He would still be a massive signing for Moyes.”

Lingard scored nine goals for the Hammers after joining them in January last year.

The attacker has so far only played four competitive minutes this season.

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