By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2021 | 12:18pm

Whelan tells West Ham to seal Lingard deal for '£18m' after Insider reveal

Noel Whelan claims David Moyes has a fight on his hands if he is to lure Jesse Lingard to West Ham on a permanent basis.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on Lingard’s future.

Reputable Hammers news source Claret and Hugh reported on June 15th that Lingard, as per several top agents, is likely to command a £15m-£18m fee.

However, on 18th June, an industry source told this site that West Ham may have to hand Lingard a big pay rise if they are to lure him from Old Trafford.

Lingard, 28, scored nine goals in 16 outings for the Hammers after moving to the club on loan in January.

He has one year remaining on his current Man United deal and Whelan insists the Hammers have to make an offer soon.

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“You have to go for that haven’t you?” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“You have to take that chance at £18million. You’re not going to get another player with that ability and quality for that price.

“That move needs to be done swiftly. The good thing is he’s not at the Euros. These talks can be ongoing now.

“Moyes will be keeping everything crossed that Lingard chooses West Ham. He’ll hope no one else pops up with an offer or an enticing contract.

“He was integral to how they finished last season. He does have something unique attacking wise.

“Moyes has a fight on his hands. A lot of clubs will see that as their ballpark for a transfer.”

In other news, pundit suggests West Ham working on blockbuster deal that could upset Declan Rice.