Jesse Lingard’s permanent move to West Ham is in doubt with the club ‘unable to commit’ to the Manchester United midfielder’s wage demands.
Lingard has enjoyed a superb renaissance since signing on loan for the Hammers during the January transfer window, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in just 13 league appearances since his arrival at the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old had not played a single minute of Premier League football this season before his switch to the capital, but has since regained his place in the England squad after an almost two-year absence and is in contention for this summer’s European Championship.
Lingard’s return to form has also helped West Ham push towards European qualification and the club are desperate to sign the star on a permanent basis, though the Mail are reporting the finances involved could make a deal difficult.
Lingard is said to be keen on a four-year in excess of £100,000-a-week, numbers that West Ham are ‘unable to commit’ to given their current financial state, with the Hammers having posted record losses of £65m for last season with that sum set to increase amid the pandemic and continued absence of fans.
The club are keen to seek ‘clarity’ from the Government over the return of fans for next season before investing in a deal, though their uncertain situation could lead to rival sides making their move with Lingard reportedly attracting interest from clubs including Arsenal and Leicester.
Lingard will enter the final year of his Manchester United contract this summer and will return to Old Trafford should no deal be agreed.