West Ham have reportedly stepped up their offer to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester United following his heartache in England.
And Hammers coach Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that the midfielder fits in perfectly at the London Stadium, saying he fits David Moyes’ style of play perfectly.
Lingard’s snub at Euro 2020 was a blow to the midfielder, who enjoyed an extremely impressive loan with the Hammers last season.
The 28-year-old ended his time at London Stadium with 14 goal contributions in 16 games for the club [nine goals, five assists].
Having only arrived in January, he left as a fan favorite and new West Ham hero, having played a huge role in helping the club secure European football for the first time in five years.
His electric form even saw him recalled to England ahead of the Euro, but that wasn’t enough to earn a call to Gareth Southgate’s final squad for the tournament.
However, The Sun says David Moyes is now hoping his release from international duties will work in West Ham’s favor.
It is said that the Hammers manager believes a permanent United move can be concluded soon as talks no longer have to wait until the end of this summer’s tournament.
A club insider told the newspaper: “Jesse knows we want him so hopefully the club will sue him over the next month or so.”
Hammers coach Pearce joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT on Wednesday and revealed that he and manager Moyes are in talks about a new contract after the club’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.
And when asked about Lingard, he had nothing but praise for the United man amid claims West Ham wanted him back.
“He hadn’t played for a while at United and he was off the stage, but look, the class is still there, he’s a very classy player and he understands the game very well,” said Pearce.
“We were probably a little surprised, and it’s a personal point of view, I was surprised at how quickly he hit the ground while running.
“Almost immediately he made an impact on our side. Physically, he is a fantastic athlete.
“I think a lot of credit goes to the player, but secondly to David. David got him to play in a position at West Ham that really suits the kid. He thrived by being around the environment David created there.
Lingard won the Premier League Goal of the Month award in April for his superb solo goal against Wolves, and played alongside Hammers teammate Declan Rice in England’s friendlies against Austria and England. Romania, the duo having immediately befriended in the capital.
And Rice told talkSPORT in February that he would like Lingard to stay in east London.
“Jesse is a top level player,” the Englishman said on talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I knew that since I played with him for England. He’s a ridiculously tall, tall player.
“You know, when you play with a top player, he takes the ball around, takes the ball in tight areas, takes the pressure off you.
“When you give him the ball you know he’s going to do something with it, and obviously what comes with it is that he’s got a great personality too.
“All the guys really enjoyed it and I’m so happy we have it here now at West Ham.
“I hope we can do it a lot longer for next season as well!”
His future at Man United is unclear, having not made a single Premier League appearance in the first half of the 2020/21 season after falling out of favor under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
West Ham are desperate to strike a deal to sign the striker into a permanent deal, but Solskjaer has maintained that the Red Devils expect Lingard to return to Old Trafford after he is loaned out.
“Jesse has been brilliant since leaving,” the Norwegian said towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
“Selfishly we could have kept him because he still has a role to play, he’s a fantastic boy around, Man United from start to finish, he never moaned once or caused me a problem, he just worked really hard.
“He deserved a chance to play for more football – that’s why we let him go to West Ham because he deserves a chance for what he has done throughout his life for Man United.
“Of course we [will] welcome him.
“It was different here [with] Bruno [Fernandes and] the form he played in, arguably in Jesse’s preferred position, and that was just a decision we made.
“Delighted, however, for Jesse and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season until he comes back.”
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