A report in the Sun newspaper claims Manchester United could double their valuation of Jesse Lingard from £20m to £40m after his grat run of form and return to England. West Ham were unable to secure a guaranteed or obligation option to make his loan deal permanent during negotiations with the Red Devils and could now pay the price.
And if his fee climbs towards £40m, it may be too much for the Hammers to pay.
There is hope that the 28-year-old has enjoyed himself so much at the London Stadium that he tells United he wants to make the move there on a full-time basis and helps force his move to West Ham but in reality, Lingard will have little control on any fee Manchester United demand.
His West Ham form has seen him score five goals in seven appearances which has put him back in contention for a place in England’s Euros squad.