KEY POINTS

  • Jesse Lingard has powered West Ham into the top four of the league table
  • He has scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 8 league appearances for West Ham
  • He moved from Man Utd to West Ham on loan in January

West Ham reportedly want to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis ahead of the 2021 summer transfer window.

Lingard moved from Old Trafford to West Ham on loan during the January market but the deal did not include a buy-out clause. West Ham bosses will do "whatever it takes" to buy Lingard permanently this summer, reported Sky Sports. International Business Times, however, could not verify it independently.

In eight league matches, Lingard has netted six goals and provided four assists to power West Ham to fourth place in the 2020-21 Premier League table. Lingard hardly took any time to settle down at the London Stadium.

After his first seven games for West Ham, Opta Joe tweeted, "No player has been involved in more Premier League goals than Lingard since his debut for West Ham on February 3rd (6 goals, 3 assists)."

Lingard’s impressive run at West Ham also saw him return to the England national team for the first time in 18 months.

After sports media outlet talkSport revealed they have also been told by unnamed sources that West Ham will do "all they can" to keep Lingard permanently, former Crystal Palace's owner Simon Jordan said there is "no chance" West Ham will be able to afford in-fire Lingard.

While West Ham will be desperate to keep Lingard beyond this summer, Jordan believes that the English midfielder’s value has sky-rocketed and West Ham won’t be able to match his fee at Manchester United.

"I just don’t see where there is a parallel universe where they’re going to get Lingard to West Ham or they’re going to get the economics of the Lingard deal to West Ham. What West Ham have achieved is putting Lingard back on the map, giving Lingard a stage where he can play at the level that clearly he’s capable of. All that will do is increase the cost implications of getting him in the first place. [If Lingard wants to join West Ham permanently] what Manchester United will say is, 'that’s great, you can go there if you want to, that’s £60m'," Simon told talkSport in an interview.

“They’ll enter discussions. Then maybe it’ll be £30m or £40m. Maybe Man United will do a deal with Lingard that involves him signing a long-term contract to protect their interests,” he added further.

Lingard, who is contracted with Manchester United until the 2022 summer, has been labeled with a fee of at least $41 million at Old Trafford, according to soccer outlet Football365.

Jesse's joy: Jesse Lingard's fine form has propelled West Ham into fourth in the Premier League Jesse's joy: Jesse Lingard's fine form has propelled West Ham into fourth in the Premier League Photo: POOL / Laurence Griffiths

In the first half of the 2020-21 campaign, Lingard had made just three Cup appearances for Manchester United. He wanted more game and thus, he managed to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to let him leave the Old Trafford side on loan for the remainder of the season in January.