West Ham United raise reservations over Jesse Lingard wage demands
West Ham United have “reservations” over meeting Jesse Lingard’s £150,000-a-week wage demands according to The Daily Mail.
The Guardian reported [30 June] that West Ham have abandoned their move for Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma to instead focus their efforts on 29-year-old free agent Lingard.
90min claimed [28 June] that David Moyes is “pushing hard” for the former Manchester United man, however, it appears there is still plenty of work to do to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium.
It has been reported by The Daily Mail on 1 July, that despite shelving their move for Danjuma to focus on Lingard, West Ham still “have reservations” over meeting his high wage demands.
It is absolutely clear why Moyes wants to bring Lingard back to the club after his remarkable loan spell back in the second half of the 2020/21 season.
The West Ham boss is clearly comfortable working with the free agent and is very much aware of how he will fit into his squad.
Furthermore, the Hammers’ faithful would love to see the England international back at the club where he enjoyed the best form of his career.
However, £150,000-a-week for a player who has sat on the bench for the majority of the 2021/22 season is complete lunacy.
Lingard needs to have a complete rethink if he honestly believes he is owed that kind of money by the Hammers.
Moyes would be far better utilising those wages on bringing in two or three younger players who will provide the Irons with longer-term service.
At 29, Lingard probably has two or three years at a push left in him at the top level.
Moyes must make sure he doesn’t let his urge to bring the free agent back to the London Stadium get the better of him.