By Joe Ellis

26th Jun, 2022 | 7:15am

West Ham United: New Jesse Lingard offer not yet tabled as discussions take place

West Ham United have not made a new contract offer for Jesse Lingard despite previous reports suggesting so, according to Claret and Hugh.

It was the Daily Mail that reported on 25 June that the Irons had submitted a new contract offer to the 29-year-old to sign him on a free transfer after his release from Manchester United.

But the latest appears to be that no offer has actually been submitted although the interest is genuine and talks are being held between West Ham and Lingard’s representatives.

If the Hammers are to strike a deal, they could have to make a significant dent into their wage budget with the England international asking for £180,000 per week which would make him the highest-paid player at the club unless Declan Rice signs a new deal.

“There are discussions going on with Lingard but nothing more than that – no offers,” a club insider at the London Stadium said to Claret and Hugh.

Avoid

We all have fantastic memories of Lingard after his sensational loan spell in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign but maybe we need to leave this love story at that and move on.

He is now 29 years of age and has spent the entire 2021-22 season sitting on the Old Trafford bench which doesn’t bode well for us considering the Red Devils only just beat us to sixth in the Premier League.

As is so often the case, the sequel to the original is often a letdown and even if the third iteration can sometimes be the best one, we don’t need to suffer through a dismal second spell to have a successful third.

We already have Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzinin and Pablo Fornals who could play that number 10 role that Lingard would slot into so we would be far better off focusing our efforts elsewhere.

Let’s get a new striker, left-back and central midfielder or two (as well as Alphonse Areola back in goal) first and then we can look at maybe adding more quality and depth to the attacking midfield area.