West Ham could try and strike a deal with Manchester United to sign Jesse Lingard now after his return to the England squad.
That is the view of former Premier League striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested other clubs would now be sniffing about the 28-year-old.
Lingard’s impressive form since joining the Irons earned him his first call-up to the Three Lions since June 2019.
To be able to wear this shirt again means the world to me! It’s been a long journey back but makes this moment even sweeter!!
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) March 25, 2021
He started and played the full 90 minutes against San Marino, chipping in with an assist.
Lingard has caught the eye since joining West Ham in January, with five goals and three assists in seven appearances.
Whelan suggested a return to the England squad could ramp up the interest in the attacking midfielder.
As such, he suggested the Irons could look to agree transfer terms now.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You’re going out there to get good players who can make a difference. Maybe they’ve not been in the limelight at a big club.
“When they start doing well out on loan, there’s always that, at the back of the mind: ‘Should we try and sort a deal out with Manchester United now?’ Try and come to an agreement.
“It’s giving him options at the end of the season. He’s doing his job for West Ham, he’s just got himself back into the England set-up.
“Maybe there’s going to be other options he might want to pursue. It’s putting himself in the best possible position a player can do. He’s doing both roles – club and country.
“He’s putting himself in the shop window. It’s going make it difficult and more pricey for another team to come out and lure him away.”