By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

10th Jul, 2022 | 9:40am

Sky Sports pundit raves about Everton move for Jesse Lingard

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

It is a “no-brainer” that Everton should be chasing the signing of free agent Jesse Lingard according to former captain Kevin Campbell.

The Liverpool Echo reported on 1 July that the Toffees had held talks for the attacker who had just left Manchester United at the end of his contract and is in high demand.

West Ham have been chasing him for a year since he ended a highly-successful loan spell under David Moyes in the 2020/21 season, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes the player’s wish to remain in the north of England makes Goodison the perfect destination for him, and his quality makes him the perfect transfer target for the club.

On whether it would be a good signing Campbell exclusively told Goodison News: “Without a shadow of a doubt.

“Many people thought he would have gone straight to West Ham.

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“But the issue is he’s a northern lad, he could live at home. 

“He doesn’t need to uproot in order to play for Everton.

“And because there’s no transfer fee, of course the wage demands will be high because you don’t have to pay any transfer fee so that bumps that up a bit, but you are getting a quality player. 

“You’re getting an England international. 

“How many times do England internationals become a free?

“Very rarely, so you’re getting a player who can score goals, has played in successful teams, England international.

“It may cost you a little bit of an upgrade on wages but you don’t have to pay a fee. 

“I think it’s a no-brainer.”

With Frank Lampard willing to spend big to capture the signing of Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White it is no wonder that he is also interested in a similarly situated player on a free.

What is clear is that the player has hefty wage demands otherwise it seems certain that he would have signed somewhere by now.

It was common knowledge that he was going to be on the way out of Old Trafford for some time and teams have been after him, but is he is still available all the same.

Campbell is in no doubt that he would be worth the big contract, and if Lampard feels the same there is plenty of logic to an Everton move for the 29-year-old too.