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.

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