West Ham United manager David Moyes has denied reports that he is interested in signing Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard this winter. The England international was reported to be a target for the Irons earlier today, but it seems as though a move isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Manchester United manager David Moyes responded to rumours that his team’s star player Jesse Lingard could return to West Ham this January.
David Moyes has responded to rumours that Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard could return to West Ham in the January transfer window.
Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United contract expires in the summer (Picture: Getty)
West Ham United manager David Moyes has dismissed reports that Jesse Lingard might return to the club in the January transfer window.
Lingard, 28, is looking for a way out of Manchester United this winter, and the Hammers are once again being mentioned as a viable alternative after his spectacular six-month loan stay in east London last season.
The England international had wanted to make an impact on United’s first squad this season, but under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has been restricted to just substitute appearances in the Premier League.
Lingard delivered his greatest signal yet that he might be returning to the London Stadium earlier today, when talks over a prospective contract extension fell down.
However, in his pre-match news conference before of West Ham’s match against Wolves, Moyes emphasized that Lingard’s future would ultimately be decided by the Red Devils.
‘He’s a Manchester United player, and I’m not going to speak about other clubs’s players,’ the Irons boss said to reporters.
‘All I can say is that we had a terrific time having Jesse on board; he made a significant contribution to the squad and has helped the team.’
‘Look, Jesse is a Manchester United player, and it’s up to them to determine what he does,’ says the coach. ‘The team has moved on, we’ve kicked on again.’
Last season, Lingard shined on loan at West Ham United (Picture: Getty)
West Ham have had an excellent start to the season and are now third in the English Premier League ahead of their trip to Molineux.
Declan Rice has been a key part of West Ham’s recent success, with England great Glenn Hoddle recently claiming that the midfielder is the finest player in the Premier League right now.
‘He’s not giving us anything that we don’t know here at West Ham,’ Moyes said when asked about Hoddle’s remarks.
‘What I do know is that Glenn Hoddle is a fantastic judge of footballers; he’s been all three throughout his career, was a fantastic player himself, and is a fantastic judge of players.’
‘So if you hear it from Glenn Hoddle, you’re not going to be far off the mark.’
‘In my opinion, he’s as excellent as anybody right now, but we’re keeping things quiet and not discussing too much if we can avoid it.’
‘But, clearly, he’s such a terrific talent that he’s deserving of all the acclaim; the plaudits are pouring in from all the commentators, and deservedly so because he’s a fantastic player.’
The Hammers are off to a great start this season (Picture: Getty)
Last season, West Ham came agonizingly close to qualifying for the Champions League, and Moyes has made no secret of his desire to finish in the top four this season.
When asked whether his team could contend for the championship, the Scot answered, ‘No, but I want to challenge the top four.’ That was something I mentioned right at the start of the season. Last year, we ended two points outside of the Champions League.
‘Are we able to take on the top four? I’m not sure who will make the top four.
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‘However, I thought it would be a decent aim and a reasonable opportunity to scream, “Come on! Is it possible for us to take them on, to challenge them, to offer them a better game? “Can we be as consistent as we were last season?” I’d have to think the players have proved they are capable of doing so.
‘But we’re just a third of the way through the season, and there’s still a long way to go.’
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