West Ham United’s efforts to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis may have received a major boost.
The 28-year-old playmaker is reportedly waiting to know about David Moyes’ future at the club before pushing for a move to the London Stadium, according to Irons insiders Claret & Hugh.
Following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, the Scot was connected with a sensational return to Everton this week, but according to the same source, the club’s hierarchy is sure that Moyes will honor the three-year contract offered to him.
Lingard’s predicament is considered to be dependent on the 58-year-old’s employment, and if that is confirmed, he will move forward with his intention to sign on the dotted line in East London.
Many people in West Ham, particularly supporters and even the management, will be shocked by this development.
According to Claret & Hugh, Moyes is anticipated to sign a new contract in the next weeks, which will allow them to pursue Lingard.
The Manchester United loanee is thought to be a major target this transfer window, which is understandable given his influence since joining on loan in January.
Only two players outscored his nine goals, according to WhoScored, who rated him as the Hammers’ second-best player for the entire season (7.22), behind Tomas Soucek (7.36).
With 1.1 critical passes per game, he also produced four assists, proving to be one of Moyes’ most creative outlets.
The Irons manager declared his intention to maintain hold of the £20 million-rated dynamo at the end of the 2020/21 season. (via the Evening Standard) He told reporters:
“I hope Jesse’s here, we’d like to keep him, he’s done an exceptional job for us but there’s no guarantees, he’s not our player. But I hope Jesse realises we’ve been good for him as well, and that he joined a club on the up.”
As a result, this fresh claims will be exciting news for Moyes, who will know that signing his contract will enhance his chances of landing Lingard tenfold.