Dean Jones has told the Football Terrace that West Ham United will remain ‘patient’ in their pursuit of Jesse Lingard this summer.
The Eurosport journalist shared that West Ham will wait until the Premier League season starts and see where Lingard is in Manchester United’s pecking order.
Marcus Rashford’s shoulder injury and subsequent surgery will rule him out at the start of the new campaign, which opens the door for Lingard.
That’s not good news for West Ham fans because it increases his chances of playing, and as a result, staying put at his boyhood club.
Jones shared that the Hammers, who have been on the subject of a rumoured bid for the club, don’t have £30 million to spend on the attack-minded player.
“West Ham, whilst they do want Jesse, I have checked this out in the last few days just to see what their stance is,” said Jones.
“And they are basically going to remain patient for now. They will probably wait until the season begins. See if he is in that team or on the fringes of it.
“Then they will try to figure out when they can make a bid. Or whether the player is still interested. There are a lot of factors to take into account there.
“When West Ham first signed him on loan and they were looking at a loan deal to a permanent one. You were looking at £15 million and Man United were like ‘no, if he does well for you then his value is going up’.
“Now, he’s almost a £30 million player. I am not sure West Ham would have £30 million to spend on Lingard.”
West Ham aren’t known to splash the cash under their current owners, who aren’t exactly popular with their fans.
And even though they are in Europe next season, it doesn’t seem as though they will be pushing the boat out in East London.
That doesn’t help West Ham’s cause, nor do the rumours that other Premier League clubs have also joined the race for Lingard’s signature.
If Lingard stays put at Old Trafford then there’s nothing much West Ham can do, but if leaves and doesn’t re-join David Moyes at the London Stadium then fans will question their board once more.