Sources: Major update on West Ham bid to sign Lingard as demands revealed
West Ham are likely to have to hand Jesse Lingard a big pay rise to lure him from Man United, Football Insider understands.
The attacking midfielder enters the final year of his United contract next month but is keen to leave for a regular starting spot elsewhere.
A recruitment source told Football Insider that West Ham have made it clear they want to convert his hugely successful recent loan into a permanent transfer.
Lingard is, in turn, keen to join the Irons full-time but wants an upgrade on his United terms.
It could mean West Ham having to make the 28-year-old their top earner on a long-term contract.
United are willing to bide their time on letting their academy product go and he is set to return for pre-season in early July.
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Man United triggered a 12-month extension in Lingard’s contract in December before he joined West Ham for the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
Lingard narrowly missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros despite scoring nine goals and supplying five assists in 16 appearances during his time at the London Stadium.
He was named Premier League Player of the Month for April and it is no surprise to see him in demand after his career renaissance.
Lingard has made over 200 appearances for Man United since making his debut for the club in 2014.
But he featured just three times last season before completing his loan switch to West Ham in January.