West Ham United wants to sign midfielder Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal but the player’s wage demands are proving to be a stumbling block.
Lingard joined the Hammers in January on a season-long loan from Manchester United and while his parent club is willing to listen to offers, clubs are being scared by the players’ demands.
The Mail reports that Lingard is keen on a four-year deal with the London club but they will have to better the salary he earns at United something West Ham are not ready to commit to.
The Hammers have posted record losses of £65m for last season with that sum set to increase amid the pandemic and continued absence of fans.
28-year-old Lingard will enter the final year of his Manchester United contract this summer and will return to Old Trafford should no deal be agreed but United are not willing to let the player go for free as they feel they need to recoup some fee.
Having not played a single minute of Premier League football this season before his switch to the capital, Lingard has been one of the key figures in the West Ham team where he has bagged nine goals and provided three assists in just 13 league appearances.
With the form, the player has since regained his place in the England squad after an almost two-year absence and is in contention for this summer’s European Championship.