David Moyes is hopeful Jesse Lingard will be a West Ham player next season, but admitted that might not be realistic.
Lingard excelled with the Hammers on loan from Manchester United with nine goals and three assists in 13 Premier League appearances.
The 28-year-old even regained his place in the England squad and won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for April.
Lingard will return to United at the end of the season as his value has skyrocketed after his good time in London.
West Ham is keen on signing him a permanent deal, but some reports suggest the fees could be in the order of £ 40million.
Lingard has been in surplus for United’s needs under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the move has helped him get back into shape.
Hammers boss Moyes is hoping that can continue with the club next season.
“It’s well deserved, his performances have been really good,” Hammers boss Moyes said of Lingard’s award. “He excelled and probably did better than we expected the first time we brought him.
“But you have to remember that Jesse joined a good team and a team that was playing well and near the top of the league. So I hope we also helped Jesse.
“I don’t really know how realistic it is. Obviously I think Jesse had fun, I hope he has … we enjoyed having him and he’s the Manchester United player so they can decide what to do with him – and s ‘they want to let him go, let’s hope he considers us. as one of its options.
Interest in Lingard is expected to increase this summer as West Ham faces a battle with many other clubs for his signing.
The Sun claim United could use it as part of a deal to ultimately bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford.
Borussia Dortmund are said to be watching him and he is big admirers.
The Red Devils almost signed him last summer, with fees being the only sticking point.
The German club are believed to want around £ 100million this summer, but offering Lingard as part of the deal will likely reduce that figure.