Manchester United have slapped a £20million price tag on Jesse Lingard after the midfielder's impressive performances for West Ham.
Lingard joined the Hammers on loan in January and has shone at the London Stadium as David Moyes' men bid to gate-crash the top four.
The United academy graduated has netted three goals in five appearances for West Ham, leading some supporters to speculate over whether his move could become permanent in the summer.
West Ham tried to include a buyout clause in the midfielder's loan agreement, but Red Devils chiefs were unwilling to let the 28-year-old depart in what would have been a £15million deal.
United's decision to retain Lingard's services may prove to be a wise one, with the England international's good form now allowing the Old Trafford bean-counters to push for an inflated fee.
Should West Ham choose to pursue Lingard in the summer transfer window, he would likely command a price of around £20million or more.
Hammers boss Moyes worked with Lingard in his brief spell as United manager and spoke highly of the Warrington-born ace before his side's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City.
He told BT Sport: "We really got a very, very good shout from Gareth Southgate on Jesse as well.
"I knew him (Lingard) and we knew that he could do two or three roles.
"I needed to add something else. I just felt we hadn't been creating enough chances, we hadn't been getting enough goals. We'd been without Micky (Michail Antonio) for a month or two as well in that period.
"I just thought Jesse could do two or three roles. But he's come in and he's made a big difference."
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