Manchester United may well insist that West Ham include Declan Rice in any deal with Jesse Lingard this summer.
The 28-year-old temporarily moved to London Stadium during the January transfer window and was a revelation for the Hammers.
Lingard’s nine goals (six goals, three assists) since his February 3 debut are more than any other Premier League player and earned him a recall from England last month.
David Moyes leads the Hammers on an unlikely charge in the Champions League with just eight games of the season to go, with Lingard being an integral part of the immediate future.
However, it is understood that Moyes could be forced to part ways with another star man in order to secure the deal with Declan Rice being a target for United.
According to The Athletic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the 22-year-old and sources say there were ‘light discussions’ about a possible move to the Red Devils during the recent international break with the Three Lions. .
talkSPORT revealed earlier this week that the midfielder returned to his club with a swollen knee locked in a brace after injuring his ligaments, ruling him out for at least four weeks.
This will be a major blow to the club in their immediate attempts to secure an unlikely European spot, but could also hamper their chances of keeping Rice for another season without that allure.
Moyes admitted the club could be vulnerable to offers for their top players this summer, but admitted it would take money for the ‘Bank of England’ to keep Rice away from the club where he has made more than 100 Premier League appearances and was captain.
As for Lingard, he extended his contract with the Red Devils in December ahead of the move, but the Hammers did not include a call option when the loan deal went through and it could take up to ` ‘£ 60million’ to bring him back.