Darren Ambrose has claimed Newcastle United transfer target Jesse Lingard is ‘perfect’ for West Ham. as he told Sky Sports News.
The former Newcastle player added that he played alongside Lingard when he was a fledgling youngster at Birmingham City and he believes his next potential move could see him back in the England squad.
Lingard will officially leave Manchester United this month when his contract expires and the 29-year-old is set to become a free agent.
During the January transfer window, when Newcastle were scrambling for players in their struggle to survive, they were keen on Lingard’s talents and it’s no surprise that interest has continued this summer.
Ditto for West Ham who loaned him out two seasons ago and helped them into Europa League football so once again another step that would be logical for the player.
But whatever the versatile forward does, Ambrose made it clear that it’s a “really, really important” step in his career.
“I played with Jesse in Birmingham, he was a great boy in Birmingham and it seems he’s a great guy now,” Ambrose said.
“I think his next step is really, really important. I was disappointed he didn’t join West Ham sooner after his loan because he had a fantastic time there.
“But I think that’s a perfect move for Jesse Lingard. If he can find form while on loan at West Ham then it’s still a couple of months before the World Cup squad is announced.
“We know Gareth Southgate likes Lingard and how he can play anywhere. But he has to make a move, it has to be the right move and West Ham is the perfect place for him.”
WHO NEEDS LINGARD MORE WEST HAM OR NEWCASTLE?
Given what Lingard has been up to in East London, it’s understandable that her club and the fans have a stronger emotional connection to the player than those at St James’ Park.
Despite the Hammers being in Europe and in a better place than Newcastle they probably still need Lingard more because of what he can do, he’s worked in their system before and the depth David Moyes needs ahead of the new season.
Add to that it’s the Magpies who have the crazy money to spend, as West Ham aren’t exactly known for splashing the cash under the two Davids’ ownership.
In any case, this is a big step in Lingard’s career as his next chapter could be the last in which fans get to see him at his best as he’s set to hit his 30s pretty soon.
In other news, Romano says Chelsea ‘really’ want Liverpool ‘dreams’ of signing.
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