West Ham tipped to seal last-minute Lingard deal after manager reveal - Agbonlahor
Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed West Ham may have to wait until the last week of the transfer window to sign Jesse Lingard.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward delivered his verdict after a major update on his Manchester United future.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports on 19 July the England international is part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.
Lingard featured in Man United’s pre-season friendly victory over Wayne Rooney’s Derby County at the weekend.
“That would worry West Ham,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But things can change. The transfer window closes in September and there are a few games before then to play in the Premier League.
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“If Lingard doesn’t get the starting time he wants then he might decide he wants to leave in the last week of the window because he might not get in in front of [Paul] Pogba, Fred and [Bruno] Fernandes. Then you’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood and [Jadon] Sancho further forward.
“Lingard might think ‘I’m happy the manager wants me in his plans but my plans don’t want to be sitting on the bench.’ He was so close to going to the Euros so he’ll want to go to a club that gives him the best chance of going to the World Cup.
“I still think Lingard will want to leave. I just don’t see him getting a starting place in that Manchester United midfield.”
Football Insider learned on 12 July West Ham fear Tottenham could blow them out of the water in the race for Lingard’s signature.
The Irons are keen to complete a deal after his successful loan spell in the second half of last season.
In other news, West Ham have been tipped to accept a ‘£60m’ player bid.