Jesse Lingard has been a revelation since joining West Ham United on loan from Manchester United in the January transfer window.
After a prolonged period in the cold at Old Trafford, the midfielder has netted nine goals in 11 appearances for the Hammers and is now spearheading their unlikely push for Champions League football.
The 28-year-old had gone over 13 months without a Premier League start – with his last appearance in a United XI in the division coming in the 2020 New Year’s Day loss at Arsenal – but now has enjoyed a fresh lease of life.
Lingard is currently on loan at the East London club until the end of the season after a £1.5million loan agreement was reached in January.
The latest report claims that the Hammers had attempted at the time to sign Lingard on a permanent deal worth £15million, but his parent club were reluctant as they knew that if he enjoyed strong form his price tag would rocket.
It is now believed that West Ham will try to make the move permanent this summer due to his remarkable run of form, although they could now face competition from other clubs.
Lingard’s resurgence in form has put him in the frame for an international call-up to the England squad this summer for the delayed European Championships which could cause a further spike in his valuation.
It is likely that United will bide their time and not rush into any sale, although it is unlikely they will seek to retain Lingard beyond the summer transfer window.
The club are already well-stocked in the creative midfield position with Bruno Fernandes in the position alongside last summer’s signing of Donny van de Beek.