By Noel Whelan

22nd Jul, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Top pundit tips West Ham to agree bumper new deal after transformation

Noel Whelan has tipped West Ham to hand David Moyes a bumper new contract for transforming the club with his “passion” and “character”.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 57-year-old has brought a “heart, passion and endeavour” that was missing at the club in recent years.

A 3-1 win over relegation rivals Watford on Friday all but confirmed the club’s survival with just one point needed to mathematically guarantee it.

The Irons are now three points and 14 goals ahead of 18th-placed Watford and also hold a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

Moyes appears to have saved the Hammers for the second time in his career after he helped them beat the drop in the 2017/18 season.

When asked by Football Insider if this time the Scottish manager should be rewarded with a long-term deal, Whelan said: “He is trying to build something there.

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“David has brought something that has been missing at West Ham for a long time and that is a team that is full of heart, passion and endeavour. For a number of years they have bought big names but they have not had the right character.

“He has turned it around with the signings that he has made.

“Absolutely give him a shot and a new contract because he is trying to build something there.”

January signings Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek have formed a potent new Hammers attack which has been pivotal to the club’s turnaround.

Moyes has one-year left on his contract at the London Stadium.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that contract talks with key man have been shelved.

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