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Report: Lingard to cost West Ham £18.8m

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West Ham may have discovered the sum of money they will have to find if they want to convert Jesse Lingard’s deal into a permanent one.

According to a report by Fichajes [via FootballTransferTavern] West Ham have already made the first contact with over the availability of Lingard for a permanent deal in the summer – with informing the Irons he will not be sold for less than €22 million (£18.8 million).

A previous report from Claret & Hugh has indicated that West Ham will prioritise the signing of Lingard in the summer along with a new as two of the fundamental objectives during the summer window.

As a result, West Ham will pull out all the stops to ensure Lingard remains in London, with poised to move ‘heaven and earth’ in the words of Claret & Hugh to sign the playmaker.

West Ham will be all-too aware of Lingard’s offensive acumen, but a reminder that Lingard has scored 4 goals and managed 2 assists in just 6 senior league appearances for the Irons this season exacerbates the paramountcy of Lingard to David Moyes’ recruitment plans.

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At just £18.8 million, that surely has to be a bargain for an experienced playmaker with a proven transformative effect on West Ham’s recent results.

Particularly if the Irons are indeed successful in their push for European football next season, Lingard could be an essential depth option to compete for the no. 10 role behind the striker.

Moyes’ principled approach to recruitment means that identifying Lingard as a top target must have weight behind it.

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