West Ham should prioritise signing Keane Lewis-Potter over Jesse Lingard
West Ham United need to forget about Jesse Lingard and go all out for Hull City attacker Keane Lewis-Potter after the Manchester United man’s wage demands prove to be an issue.
It was revealed by ExWHUemployee on the West Ham way podcast on Monday [May 30] that Lingard’s wage demands were a stumbling block for the Hammers.
Lingard is 29 and quite frankly hasn’t done anything to merit the wages that have been talked about for the midfielder.
He had half a season where he excelled for the Hammers, but to be demanding north of a £100,000-a-week is lunacy.
The Hammers must make sure they don’t get caught up in Lingard’s wage demands and instead prioritise a move for Hull City’s Lewis-Potter.
In a day and age where recruitment is so important in modern football, the Hammers hierarchy would be wise to look at previous successes they’ve had when delving into the Championship market.
Jarrod Bowen made the trip from Hull to the London Stadium and has since made has been magnificent for David Moyes’ side and is now set to make his England debut.
Lewis-Potter will require a transfer fee, but it won’t be anywhere near the total sum of Lingard’s wage demands.
The Hull City attacker has 13 goals and three assists this season and at the age of 21, he has all the attributes and time to become the player Bowen has become.
Lingard is reaching the twilight of his career and his age will begin to catch up with him once he hits 30.
The chances of him replicating his form from his London Stadium loan spell are unlikely and it’s a move the Hammers should be steering well clear of.
If the Hammers do pursue a move for Lewis-Potter, there is a strong chance that the Manchester United man will still be on the hunt for a club come August.
No one is paying those wages in a hurry.
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