West Ham could have made the “best January signing” in Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United amid Moyes’ hints that a permanent deal is in the offing.
That is according to 93-goal former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Lingard’s excellent start to life in East London.
The 28-year-old scored twice on his Hammers debut in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa and then played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday.
And quoted in Sky Sports, Moyes said of a potential permanent move: “The situation here is Jesse’s going to get a good chance to look at West Ham, see what he thinks of us and whether he likes it, and we’ll get a good look at Jesse and decide what we think in five or six months’ time.”
West Ham paid United a £1.5million loan fee for Lingard’s service and that is already proving to be something of a bargain, according to Phillips.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I hold my hands up, I was not so sure about this signing.
“We’ve seen what he can do but I wondered whether he still has that hunger, that desire. But it looks like he does.
“Sometimes a move can spark something within you got get you going again. Certainly, it’s done that for Lingard. Two goals and a man of the match performance on your debut speaks volumes about him as an individual.
“He wasn’t overawed, and he shouldn’t have been. He’s played for one of the biggest clubs in the world in massive games, he’s played for his country in massive games.
“He’s taken to them like a duck to water. It could turn out to be, not the signing of the season, but the best January signing”
Lingard played 210 times for United over a decade-long stretch at Old Trafford.
Prior to joining West Ham, however, Lingard hadn’t started a Premier League match for over a year.