Since joining West Ham on loan, Jesse Lingard has been back to his blistering best. The 28-year-old looks to be enjoying his football and he looks to be a good fit at West Ham.
Unfortunately for the Hammers, if they want to make Lingard a permanent fixture at the club he may cost them a few extra quid because of clause United added to the agreement between the clubs.
According to Eurosport, the Hammers were hoping to include a £15m option to buy in the deal, in addition to the £1.5m loan fee.
According to the Sun, United refused to include a permanent transfer clause in the arrangement between both clubs and Lingard’s form is likely to drive up his value up.
United now think that they can fetch upwards of £20m, if they let their academy product go later this year.
Lingard has really hit the ground running and club captain Declan Rice has said that having a ‘top, top player’ like the Manchester United loanee has made a big difference at the club.
It is understood that Olé Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to keep the England international at Old Trafford as a back-up should he need Lingard’s services if suspensions or injuries become an issue.
Solskjaer reluctantly agreed to let Lingard leave on loan though as the out of favour midfielder attempts to rekindle some form and hopefully fight for a place on Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
Lingard only made three appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season, the most recent coming in the FA Cup third round victory over Watford this month. He has yet to record a single minute in the league.