Lingard was on loan from Manchester United in January and scored nine goals in 16 appearances for the Hammers as they finished sixth and advanced to Europe. The 28-year-old has been so impressed that Moyes wants to see the England international at West Ham again in January.
West Ham have started this season again without Lingard and sit in fourth place after 14 games of the season, but take part in Saturday’s London derby against winless leaders Chelsea in their last three games, with Arsenal just one point behind them in fifth.
As Manchester United and Tottenham both look to the challenge after appointing Ralf Rangnick and Antonio Conte respectively, West Ham faces a real fight to maintain their top four, a battle the manager believes they might need. new impetus in January.
“I don’t think we need a lot of quantity now,” Moyes said.
“I’d like to try and see if I could add some quality stuff where you could say, ‘Oh wow, he’s going to threaten the team.’ Last year, bringing Jesse in, people probably thought he didn’t. not doing much to Man United didn’t play and he came in and gave us an incredible boost.
“I have to keep looking for players who can give us the energy we need to maybe keep going. Then there’s the other part of the player, is that someone I’m going to have in the l ‘team for the next three or four years. Buying the one that will exactly give you the burst of energy right now is probably really, really a lot of money. “
Moyes criticized his attacking players for their performances in the last few matches and said earlier this week that he wanted to sign someone who could play in the four forward positions in January, especially with Said Benrahma who will be in the Cup. Africa of Nations with Algeria for more than a month of the new year.
Lingard and defender Kurt Zouma, who will face his former side Chelsea for the first time since his £ 29.8million move to London Stadium this weekend, were two outstanding signings in 2021 and Moyes says he is wants to keep the standard high in the winter window.
“I’m not saying we’re still not going to try to find a Vladimir Coufal or someone of that level,” Moyes said.
“I think we are trying to maintain the standards.”
Asked directly about Lingard, Moyes said: “I can’t really speak to him because he’s a Manchester United player and it’s not for me to speak. But he was really good for us.
“Jesse knows what we all think of him here. My disappointment for Jesse would be that I think he’s such a talented football player and doesn’t play.”
As the competition for fourth place remains tight, West Ham is the one to catch up and, with Tottenham and Manchester United having to recover from a poor start to the season, the Hammers boss – like many – thinks this may be their best chance at break into the Champions League places and achieve something really remarkable.
“I would probably be okay with that,” said the Scot.
“It’s a good chance. Not because of what the other teams are doing but because of West Ham.
“I can’t really say what Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester and Brighton are going to do. But we have a good team.
“We lost Angelo [Ogbonna] that was a big part of it. But if we continue to do as well as we do, the other teams will have to catch up with us. The pressure from these clubs to finish in the top four is enormous, but I think we have a chance. We are expanding the club. Unless you have a lot of money you very rarely take a leap like we did. “