West Ham remain confident about the prospects of signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal, following the playmaker’s resurgence in Premier League form under David Moyes.
According to club insider EXWHUEmployee, the prospect of the England international converting his Hammers stay into a permanent one remains on the cards.
That optimism comes in spite of the fact that Manchester United specifically ruled out an option or obligation to buy the player when negotiating his switch to east London.
Speaking recently on The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee talked up the prospects of signing Lingard:
“We’re quite confident [about] signing Lingard as well. Now, he doesn’t have a clause, unfortunately, but he’s loving life at West Ham and seems quite happy to join and has expressed that he would like to stay beyond the season.”
The personal touch corroborated in ExWHUemployee’s comments will offer an uplifting boon to many fans keen to see their experienced dynamo returning for future seasons in claret and blue.
The player’s alleged personal impetus in extending his stay could be a soft vice through which to slowly squeeze all parties concerned into agreeing a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old playmaker has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name from just 6 outings for David Moyes’s side.
As a result, his direct goal involvements have indubitably played a role in West Ham’s impressive surge towards the apex of the Premier League.
In a further corroboration of his fundamental consistency, the England international is averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.41/10.
In the context of his teammates, he is the club’s best performer and is even the seventh-best in the entire top division.
Although it is only a reflection of six games, West Ham fans will eagerly wait to see whether Lingard can reproduce the same footballing acumen he has exhibited so confidently in his start to life at the London Stadium.