West Ham: Moyes could bring 'phenomenal' 74-goal star to London Stadium

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West Ham re-signing Jesse Lingard is a “no-brainer” if the Hammers can propose a suitable offer to the attacker, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Hammers have tried and failed to bring the 29-year-old back to the London Stadium in each of the last two windows, but the England international will almost certainly leave Manchester United in the summer, with his Old Trafford contract expiring next month.

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Having directly contributed to 14 goals in 16 games to help West Ham qualify for the Europa League last season, the Hammers have since been keen on reuniting with him.

However, he stayed at United last summer when the Londoners were keen on a permanent deal, while the Red Devils weren’t willing to let him sign for a direct top four rival when Moyes’ side were sniffing around in January.

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But their best chance of signing Lingard, described as ‘phenomenal’ by talkSPORT reporter Adrian Durham, might be about to come, with the boyhood United fan set to become a free agent in the coming months.

However, despite Lingard being available for nothing, he’s demanding wages of around £150,000 per-week, which recently led to Newcastle ending their interest in him.

But O’Rourke reckons that if West Ham can compromise, and come up with a suitable package, then it’s a “no-brainer”.

What did O’Rourke say about Lingard?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Although his wage demands do seem to be pricing him out of a move to Newcastle, I think if West Ham come up with a deal, it should be a no-brainer to get Jesse Lingard back.

“He’s going to improve the squad, he’s been there before, he knows the squad and David Moyes knows all about him as well.”

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Why do West Ham want to re-sign Lingard?

Despite missing out on the Champions League through the league and their failure to win the Europa League, it’s been another encouraging season for West Ham.

Outside of the top four, Moyes’ side have scored the most goals in the Premier League, with their 59 enough to see them qualify for Europe once again.

But only Jarrod Bowen has hit double figures, and while Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio have enjoyed spells of good form, they need more firepower up front to be able to compete on two fronts next season.

Bowen aside, once the Europa League started up again, their form on the whole generally dried up, and the arrival of Lingard, who has scored 74 club goals in his career, could help on that front.

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