By Darren Bent

5th Dec, 2020 | 12:18pm

'Absolutely Remarkable' - Pundit Exclusive: West Ham board must act after big Moyes reveal

Darren Bent has urged the West Ham board to hand David Moyes a new “long-term” contract after it was revealed talks were yet to start.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has heralded the job done by the Scottish boss this season and insisted he needed to be given the chance to build on the Hammers’ success so far.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as relayed by journalist Sam Inkersole, Moyes confirmed that he was yet to hold talks over a new contract at the London Stadium despite contrary reports.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager, who returned for a second spell in east London in December 2019, currently has a deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The Irons won five of their opening 10 league games this term despite losing against Newcastle and Arsenal in their first two matches.

Bent has urged the West Ham board to show faith in Moyes after their fine start to the new campaign and insisted they needed to tie him down to a long-term contract.

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Bent told Football Insider: “David Moyes, he never seems to get (the recognition for) what he’s done for West Ham this season, because I remember when people didn’t give them a prayer.

“I think they lost a couple of games and they had like a run of death where they were playing all top teams and people were like West Ham might come out of here without a point.

“The fact that they sit potentially, if they win a game, they could go to fifth in the table table or something if results go their way is absolutely remarkable. I’d give him a long-term deal and let him start building the team the way he sees it.

“At the minute, if you don’t give him a new deal and it’s only one year, one year, one year, for himself personally, you can never really build on that, it’s always kind of like he’s always kind of on edge.

“Now he’s done well, he’s proven it, you’ve got to give him the opportunity to go and build on what he started. For me, it’s important that he gets a long-term deal and let him get on with the job that he’s doing because he’s doing a fantastic job.”

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can reveal the Hammers are in a fight to sign an England under-18 international.