By Andrew Maddox

1st Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

West Ham risk missing out on Jesse Lingard to Everton after low contract offer

West Ham could lose out on long-term target Jesse Lingard after the former Manchester United star was disappointed by a contract offer, according to the Daily Mail.

David Moyes is known to be a huge fan of Lingard, first bringing him to the London Stadium on loan in 2021, and has targeted a permanent move for the England international this summer.

However, the Daily Mail are reporting that Lingard is now attracting interest from Everton after a disappointing contract offer from The Irons.

The report states that West Ham’s contract offer “fell well below his expectations”, and now Frank Lampard is beginning to circle.

This comes just one day after Alex Crook reported that Moyes preferred signing Lingard over Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma.

Is Lingard worth a battle?

It was expected that a move for Lingard would be a formality, given Moyes’ admiration for him and his previous success on loan.

TalkSport reported back in February that West Ham tried to sign Lingard on loan again in January, but the move was blocked despite the player wanting to leave. It, therefore, comes as a surprise that West Ham have tried to lowball Lingard and now risk losing him to Everton.

Lingard was a huge hit during his loan spell at the London Stadium, bagging nine goals and four assists across his 16 appearances.

However, there is a chance that his form was just a flash in the pan.

You would have to go back to the 2017-18 season when Lingard scored eight goals and assisted five more to see form like that from him again.

Of course, Manchester United has been a difficult place to play lately but paying him too much would still represent a risk.

Given Moyes’ fondness for the player, it can be expected that the club will return for Lingard, but they are right to be cautious.