West Ham United face Premier League competition for Jesse Lingard
West Ham United could face competition from Everton for prime attacking target Jesse Lingard with Frank Lampard’s side holding talks with the 29-year-old.
The Liverpool Echo reported on 1 July that the Toffees have held talks with Lingard and that a move to Goodison Park could appeal to the 29-year-old as he wouldn’t have to depart the North West.
The Express reported on 30 June that David Moyes had made Lingard his priority ahead of Villarreal’s 25-year-old winger Arnaut Danjuma.
However, it has been reported by The Daily Mail [1 July] that West Ham do have reservations over Lingard’s potential £150,000-a-week wage demands.
Lingard clearly has a lot of options available to him and the prospect of remaining in the North West could be a big draw for the 29-year-old.
However, it must be noted that the former Manchester United man won’t be able to get the wages he is after if he makes a move to Goodison Park.
Moyes’ fixation on Lingard is understandable but it’s also not the end of the world if the attacking midfielder doesn’t make the move to the London Stadium.
He was a success at the Hammers before and Moyes clearly feels comfortable working with Lingard, however, there are certainly better value-for-money players that the West Ham boss could target.
If Everton do sign Lingard then they are certainly stretching their wage structure to the very limit.
West Ham shouldn’t be too worried about the Toffees’ interest, it’s hard to see it materialising into anything concrete at present.