Former Premier League striker Peter Crouch has urged Manchester United to use midfielder Jesse Lingard in a part-exchange deal to sign West Ham United star Declan Rice in the summer.
Lingard has scored three times in four appearances for David Moyes’ side since he completed a loan move to East London from Old Trafford in January.
The midfielder is surplus to requirements at the Theatre of Dreams and will be better off staying at West Ham.
Former Reds striker Crouch in his Daily Mail column urged the Red devils to use West Ham’s interest in Lingard to sign Rice, which he says would be a wise move.
“I love Declan Rice,” Crouch told the Daily Mail.
“I have got a few friends who are West Ham fans and they want the club to break the bank, make him club captain and do all that it takes to keep him there for the next 15 years. He’s a brilliant player and could play for any of the top sides.
“Your suggestion makes sense for United. Lingard needs to get away as his time at Old Trafford is up, while Rice is the kind of player United need to add. Would West Ham do that deal? I’m not so sure. We’ll see what happens.”