By Kevin Phillips

29th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

West Ham tipped to 'push the boat out' for Lingard after newspaper update - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has tipped West Ham to “push the boat out” to sign Jesse Lingard before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker claimed signing the 28-year-old will be David Moyes’ priority this week.

Speaking to Sky Sports on August 20th, David Moyes revealed the Hammers remain interested in signing Lingard before the transfer window shuts.

The Sunday Mirror has since reported (August 29th p. 74) that the Irons plan to bid £15million for the Man United star but face competition from Everton.

Lingard has less than 12 months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if the England international would likely be top priority at the London Stadium, Phillips said:

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“It’s a difficult one because no-one is pushing Michail Antonio out of the way at the moment so bringing a striker in will be tough.

“For that reason, I think Lingard will be the priority. If what I’m hearing is correct, Moyesy isn’t going to go out and get another striker. They are going to make do with what they’ve got.

“Lingard has showed that he can play in and around that area so that could be an option. Yes, he’s not the same as Antonio but he could fill in there as a technical false nine.

“I think they’ll push the boat out for Lingard this week.”

In other news, pundit claims West Ham can’t handle Declan Rice demands after an update from The Times.