West Ham manager David Moyes is keen to make Jesse Lingard’s move to the London Stadium permanent.
The Hammers beat Southampton 3-0 yesterday to qualify for the Europa League in what has been a very good season for them.
Lingard’s arrival in January turned things around and gave them that extra boost needed to challenge with some of the bigger teams in the top-flight. The Manchester United loanee scored nine goals and five assists in just 16 appearances for the club.
“I hope Jesse’s here [next season], we’d like to keep him, he’s done an exceptional job for us but there’s no guarantees, he’s not our player,” Moyes said, as quoted by The Evening Standard.
“I hope Jesse realises we’ve been good for him as well, and that he joined a club on the up.”
The 28-year-old proved a point whilst playing for the Hammers and is back in the England team under Gareth Southgate. Nobody thought he would be in the side for this summer’s Euros but I think they will find it very hard to leave him out after recent performances.
Lingard told West Ham’s official website on Saturday: “It’s been great, I’ve met a lot of new people and made a countless number of friends, so to take on this challenge has been amazing and to take away the memories will be special.”