Andy Cole, a former Manchester United forward, has urged the club to allow Jesse Lingard to leave permanently this summer.
Since joining West Ham United on loan in January, the 28-year-old has rekindled his career, scoring eight goals and providing four assists in nine Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ Champions League hopefuls.
According to a source at West Ham, the club will do “whatever it takes” to sign Lingard to a permanent contract this summer, and Cole believes the time has come for United to cash in on the England international.
Speaking to talkSPORT Cole said: “The opportunity for him to go on loan to West Ham came at a fantastic time. He’s taken it with both hands.
“Now Manchester United have a decision to make – [do they] take him back or sell him in the summer for a little bit more money than was expected?
“I think if I was Manchester United, I would move him on. And if I was Jesse I would want to go and play games. Definitely.”
Man United are said to value Lingard at £30 million, and a part-exchange offer involving Declan Rice has been suggested, but West Ham are said to be uninterested.