By Noel Whelan

18th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

West Ham tipped to complete Lingard re-signing after reported Man United update - Whelan

Noel Whelan has backed West Ham to strike a deal to re-sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United before the end of the transfer window.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hammers would stump up the cash required for the 28-year-old.

As reported by the Daily Express (August 17th), West Ham are readying a last-ditch bid to sign Lingard after Manchester United reportedly dropped their asking price to £20million.

Speaking to talkSPORT, West Ham coach Stuart Pearce admitted it was an “open secret” the club want to re-sign the attacking midfielder.

Lingard, 28, spent the second half of last season in east London and helped David Moyes’ men qualify for the Europa League.

Whelan suggested if West Ham have the funds available, they will splash the cash to seal his capture.

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Asked if he thought a deal could be done, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yes, I think I will. I think they’d very much like to as soon as possible.

“Like (Joe) Willock, when he went to Newcastle, he gave them that attitude that they wanted to see. He was that difference when he came into the side. He hit the ground running, exactly the same.

“I’m sure that if that money is there and he’s available, they would no doubt spend on Jesse Lingard. He was such a good attribute and addition to their squad last season.

“He probably was the one that got them into Europe last year with those performances. No disrespect to everybody else but when he came in he was on fire, creating, scoring.

“He was that difference, that driving force in that final third. Other players they have at their disposal just can’t do what he does.”

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