Darren Bent has told Jesse Lingard there is no point moving to West Ham if he’s only going to warm the bench.
The Manchester United midfielder, 28, is in talks with the Hammers over going on loan until the end of the season.
He has made just three appearances this season and will look to boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 by playing regular first-team football in east London.
And while heading to West Ham makes sense, Bent also warned Lingard that he shouldn’t join the Hammers if he’s not going to be guaranteed regular minutes.
“West Ham are certainly a team on the up, so it does make a lot of sense,” said former Tottenham striker Bent on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“But what he doesn’t want to do is go from one person’s bench to another. That’s what you don’t need because then there’s no point of going out on loan.
“He needs to go somewhere where he is going to play week in, week out. Of course, we know there is a difference in the size of clubs, Man United and West Ham.
“But West Ham are a team in great form, they’ve got a good manager; I really like the squad he’s building there with Jarrod Bowen, [Michail] Antonio, [Tomas] Soucek.
“Jesse could fit in well there, but as I’m saying he can’t go somewhere else and not play any games because that would be the worst thing for him.
“And then what happens to him? He can’t go back to United, he doesn’t play at West Ham, the only way is down after that, unfortunately.”
To ensure they can sign Lingard on loan, West Ham are reportedly making Said Benrahma’s loan move permanent by agreeing a £20million fee, which could rise to £25m, with Brentford.
Premier League rules state a club can only have two loan players in a matchday squad with the Hammers already borrowing Benrahma and Watford’s Craig Dawson.
The permanent transfer of the winger from Brentford looks set to make room for the loan arrival of Lingard before the end of the month.