By Sam Stone

2nd Jul, 2022 | 10:10am

West Ham United face competition from Tottenham for Jesse Lingard

Tottenham have emerged as contenders for Jesse Lingard’s signature as West Ham United attempt to lure the 29-year-old back to the club, according to The Telegraph.

It has been reported by talkSPORT [1 July] that a move back to the London Stadium remains Lingard’s preference, although wages still remain a big sticking point.

It appears that the club now have competition to contend with, with The Telegraph suggesting on Friday 1 July, that Tottenham have Lingard “under consideration” with the club looking to up their quota of homegrown players.

Furthermore, the Liverpool Echo reported [1 July] that Frank Lampard’s Everton have also held talks with the 29-year-old, with The Mirror [1 July] also suggesting that Lingard is keen to remain in the North West.

Rumbles on

The Lingard transfer saga has seemingly gone on since the England international departed the London Stadium in 2021.

David Moyes has become fixated on the 29-year-old with 90min reporting that the West Ham boss is “pushing hard” for the free agent.

There is no doubting that Lingard was superb during his loan spell at the Hammers, and Moyes is clearly wanting to work with the midfielder again but is a move really the right thing financially for the club.

The interest in Lingard will only give the free agent more leverage to ask for an improved deal from the Hammers.

Moyes must ensure that he doesn’t lose sight of other targets that may become available to him.

Furthermore, Lingard is hardly endearing himself to the London Stadium faithful at present.

West Ham fans want players to play for the club because they love putting on the Claret and Blue jersey, not because they are getting paid north of £150,000-a-week.

It would be great to see Lingard back at the club, but it shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all.