West Ham told to pull Jesse Lingard U-turn after talks update - pundit
Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to scrap a move for Jesse Lingard as soon as possible if he cannot be convinced to rejoin the club.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed David Moyes needs to turn his attentions to “concrete targets” ahead of pre-season.
According to club insiders Claret and Hugh (11 June), West Ham’s hopes of signing Lingard, 29, are fading with the player still unconvinced about a return to the London Stadium.
The report claims the Irons are unwilling to match the England international’s ambitions in the transfer market as well as his hefty wage demands.
According to football.london‘s Alasdair Gold (10 June), Tottenham have also held talks with the attacking midfielder’s representatives over a potential move.
Lingard is available on a free transfer after the expiry of his Man United contract.
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Whelan suggested West Ham and Moyes have wasted enough time pursuing the former Irons loan star.
“It just depends how badly they want him,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“If they desperately want him in their ranks, they have to pay the money he wants. If they’re sticking to their structure, then they have to move on.
“There’s no point hanging around, waiting for a player who doesn’t want to sign for you.
“It’s the time now to be looking at concrete targets and getting players through the door ready for pre-season.
“You can’t keep hanging around because the other targets may be snapped up by someone else. There’s no time to waste when it comes to the summer window.”
Lingard played just 548 minutes of football in the 2021-22 campaign.
The Irons are yet to make a signing this summer.