COVID losses could scupper West Ham’s hopes of landing Lingard on permanent deal

Wage demands a sticking point for Manchester United loanee; Red Devils cool interest in Sancho.

SOCCER: Jesse Lingard could start next season back at Manchester United because West Ham doubt they can find the funds to sign him on a permanent deal.

With West Ham's income decimated by the pandemic, the club are unable to commit to the player's demands for a four-year contract worth in excess of £100,000-a-week.

The England forward's loan spell at the London Stadium has been one of the stories of the season, with Lingard's form propelling the Hammers into contention for European qualification.

Lingard did not play a single minute for United in the Premier League during the first half of the season but has been a revelation since joining West Ham in January.

Nine goals in 13 appearances secured a surprise return to the England squad and he is as short as 1/10 to make Gareth Southgate's squad for this summer's Euros.

The Hammers recorded losses of £65million last season and face a bigger financial hit this campaign.

And, according to the Daily Mail, they are asking for clarity from the Government about the return of fans next season before committing significant resources to long-term contracts.

There is no shortage of interest in Lingard, who is still 6/4 with Sky Bet to join West Ham in the summer.

But with many clubs in a similar financial predicament to West Ham, the winger may have to see out the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.

Greenwood emergence means Sancho not a priority for United

SOCCER: Manchester United are cooling their interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The MEN report that United no longer deem Sancho a priority, partially because of the form of Mason Greenwood. They pinpoint the guiding hand of Edinson Cavani as one of the major factors behind Greenwood's development and say it could even spell trouble for Marcus Rashford as the two academy graduates battle it out for a place on the wing.

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However, Sancho still wants to return to England according to Bild who claim Chelsea are in the running to sign him.

United are still seen as favourites to land Sancho, with Sky Bet pricing them at 6/4 to land the England winger.

Liverpool are 5/1, with Chelsea an 8/1 shot.

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Wilder waiting in the wings for West Brom role

SOCCER: West Brom have lined up Chris Wilder as a potential successor to Sam Allardyce if the current boss leaves.

Sky Sports say Wilder, who left Sheffield United in March, is on a shortlist for the job at the Hawthorns.

However, they maintain Allardyce is still undecided about his future.

The 66-year-old is torn about whether he wants to commit to another season in the Championship, according to the broadcaster.

Wilder has been linked with a number of jobs and is the 2/1 second favourite behind Graeme Jones (6/5) to be the next permanent Newcastle United manager.

He was also thought to be in the running for the Celtic role. But has drifted to 12/1.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United are looking at Slavisa Jokanovic to replace Wilder, according to The Sun.

They say the club have invited the former Watford and Fulham boss for talks after Oostende's Alexander Blessin failed to fulfil work permit requirements.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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