West Ham may have received Lingard signing boost after key development - Campbell
West Ham may have received a boost in their pursuit of signing Jesse Lingard this summer after he was omitted from England’s 26-man squad for the Euros.
That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old’s future at Old Trafford ahead of the transfer window opening next Wednesday.
Lingard was included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad but was one of the seven who didn’t make the final cut.
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As quoted by the Standard, Irons boss David Moyes revealed last month he’s desperate to re-sign the attacking midfielder after an impressive loan spell at London Stadium.
Campbell suggested Lingard’s transfer fee would have increased if he went away to the Euros with England and performed well.
“It could help West Ham that he is not playing at the Euros this summer,” he told Football Insider.
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“We have to remember he is a Manchester United player so there will be a lot of negotiating to do this summer.
“The transfer fee will not be easy to agree but it definitely be easier than if he had of gone to the Euros and performed well.
“I don’t particularly think that West Ham are in the driving seat to get him, to be honest. I think it will be very difficult.”
It is possible Lingard will yet be called into the final 26-man England squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off with a thigh injury in Wednesday night’s warm up game against Austria.
One of Lingard, Ollie Watkins or James Ward-Prowse is expected to be called up in the eventuality Alexander-Arnold is ruled out of the tournament.