David Moyes has revealed he is keen to extend Jesse Lingard’s current deal beyond the end of the season, following the midfielder’s excellent start to life at West Ham.
After featuring just three times, across all competitions, in the first-half of the season at Manchester United, the 28-year-old was allowed to leave on-loan in January, opting for a move to Moyes’ Champions League hopefuls.
Despite having endured a difficult last 18 months or so, the England international has made a sparkling start to life at the London Stadium, having registered four goals and one assist in just six Premier League games for the club.
The Red Devils academy graduate has bolstered an already impressive Hammers side, with his arrival further strengthening their hopes of clinching a top four spot.
Unfortunately for West Ham, Lingard will be absent from his side’s next game against his parent club Man United on Sunday, a game that could prove pivotal in the east London side’s European hopes.
Ahead of that crucial clash, the Hammers boss has admitted that he is keen to keep his new addition at the club beyond the end of the season, with the Englishman having just a year left on his contract at Old Trafford.
“I hope we’re going to be in a position to attract many players in the future, because of our league position, because we’re a club with stature, we’re in London, we have a 60,000-plus stadium which will be full every week. I think all those things go in our favour,” Moyes said at his pre-match press conference.
“Jesse wanted to come here, right from the start. When I was talking to him he wanted to come to West Ham. He saw it as a really good place for him. I think he’ll have seen what we’re trying to do.
“He’s joined a good group of players as well. We’ve got international players and I’m hoping we can add to that in the coming transfer window. The job is to try to add to that.
“But I would hope Jesse sees this as a good place if it’s possible to be done, and if we think that we want to do it at the end of the season.”