Jesse Lingard could now earn £130,000-a-week if he says no to joining West Ham

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United will hand a pay rise to midfielder Jesse Lingard if he chooses to stay this summer amid interest from West Ham United.

Lingard left United in January for a loan move to West Ham, and he enjoyed a stunning spell with nine goals and four assists in just 16 games.

The 28-year-old narrowly missed out on a spot in the England squad for Euro 2020, and now faces a major dilemma over his future.

United’s new contract offer

It’s stated that United are now set to make the shock move of handing Lingard a new contract – and a pay rise with it.

Lingard currently earns £110,000-a-week at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils are ready to bump that up to £130,000-a-week in order to keep him at the club.

United would want to keep Lingard until 2024 with this new deal, whilst having the option to trigger another year on top of that, which could see Lingard stay with United until the age of 32.

What about West Ham?

The report claims that West Ham are struggling to pay the £25million needed to sign Lingard permanently, with his current wages an issue – never mind if United increase them.

Branded a ‘total player’ by Gianfranco Zola, Lingard quickly became a fan favourite at the London Stadium, but the numbers are beginning to get away from West Ham – especially for a player who turns 29 in December.

Lingard holds real power here; if he wants to play regularly, he needs to push for that West Ham move. If he’s happy being a squad player at United whilst earning more money, then that possibility is there for him too.

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