West Ham United are fearful that Tottenham Hotspur could ruin their hopes of signing Jesse Lingard this summer, according to Football Insider.
The Hammers are keen to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent transfer after he scored nine goals and assisted four more in 16 appearances in all competitions last season (transfermarkt).
The Manchester United midfielder’s efforts while on loan for the Hammers saw him named in Gareth Southgate’s initial 33-man England squad for Euro 2020, but failed to make the final 26-man selection.
The report claims that Spurs are considered to be significant competition to land Lingard and those around the London Stadium are wary of a bid from North London.
Lingard returned for pre-season training with United yesterday with his future at the former Premier League champions said to be unclear (MEN).
Lingard was in superb form for West Ham last season and was one of the main reasons why they ended up finishing above Spurs. The midfielder is capable of creating opportunities in the final third and also contributing with his fair share of goals, which is something Spurs desperately need rather than always relying on Kane and Son.
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