Kevin Phillips insists David Moyes won’t use any potential interest from Celtic to strong-arm West Ham during contract negotiations.
The former Sunderland forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Moyes will only be interested in how much money he will have to spend in the summer when he negotiates a new deal.
Moyes is out of contract at the end of the season and Hammers fans are eager to see him agree to a new deal after leading West Ham through a successful Premier League campaign.
The Hammers are currently fifth in the table and have a chance of securing Champions League football for next season.
Managerless Celtic have been linked with a move for Moyes by The Scottish Sun.
But Phillips insists the West Ham boss will not use this interest to get himself a better deal when it comes to thrashing out a new contract.
“Ultimately the job he’s done has been fantastic,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“So Celtic being interested in him won’t play a huge part in his contract negotiations, the owners of West Ham aren’t daft.
“They know what he’s worth and I’d be very surprised if Moyes was to leave West Ham in the summer.
“It looks like he’s enjoying his time there, obviously it’s his second spell so he does like the place and he’s got them flying.
“The big thing for Moyes will be whether he gets a kitty in the summer – that’s the only reason I can see him leaving – so he can add to that squad and challenge for the top six next year.
“I don’t see him moving to Celtic but obviously he’s in a fantastic position contract wise and he knows exactly what he wants.”
Moyes began his second spell in charge of the Hammers in December 2019 as he guided the club to Premier League safety.
This season has been an even bigger success for the club with European football for next season a real possibility.