By Daniel Feliciano

17th Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Jesse Lingard asking price 'could thwart' January West Ham move

Jesse Lingard’s asking price ‘could thwart any deal’ that would see him join West Ham this January, according to The Mirror’s David McDonnell.

The England international spent the second half of last season at the London Stadium and was “sensational“, scoring nine times in 16 appearances for the Hammers.

He was expected to join West Ham on a permanent deal in the summer but instead opted to stay put at Manchester United as he looked to secure more regular first-team football.

Despite assurances from then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Lingard found regular football hard to come by and he’s featured just once under new manager Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.

With just six months to run on his contract, Lingard is available to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season but it’s possible he could look to force an exit out of the club during the winter window.

According to The Mirror, Man United are likely to demand around £20m for the 29-year-old in January and that ‘could thwart any deal’ with most clubs unlikely to offer such a fee when he can sign for free six months later.

Is it worthwhile?

The impact Lingard can have on this West Ham squad has been seen already, as he came in and boosted the Hammers massively last season.

He had a great playing relationship with other key players like Declan Rice, Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma so adding him back into the fold will only strengthen the side.

But with the team currently sitting in fifth place just one point off the Champions League places, is a £20m investment worthwhile when they can sign him for free six months later?

Probably not, but sometimes it’s those deals that can push the team over the edge and secure success and West Ham currently are lacking in the forward areas. A hungry Lingard improves the side and adds goals, which will surely only mean improved results.

In other West Ham news, West Ham given positive transfer update by club chairman.