Pundit hails 'brilliant news' after West Ham reveal via BBC

Noel Whelan has claimed the West Ham squad will be buzzing as David Moyes closes in on a new contract.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons were doing the right thing tying the Scottish boss down ahead of the summer.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Moyes confirmed talks are “well down the line” over a new deal at the London Stadium.

Moyes’ current terms are set to expire this summer, though there is said to be a 12-month optional extension clause.

However, The Telegraph claim the 58-year-old is set to put pen to paper on a three-year deal after a hugely successful season.

Whelan insisted everyone at West Ham would be delighted to see Moyes stay.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You have to get your foundations in place. Keeping them solid is important to any football club.

“The players will love the fact the manager’s saying. It seems they’ve got the right blend there of player, manager and coaching staff. He’s getting the best out of the players and they seem to be enjoying the football.

“I’m sure the fans are extremely happy with what he’s done since he came into the club. The players he has brought into the club, what he is getting out of them, the style of play, you can’t really complain.

“You look at the league table, it doesn’t lie. He’s been successful where he is and rightly so  he gets a new contract. Brilliant news.” 

The Irons, who currently sit sixth, have all but guaranteed European football for next season.

However, Sunday’s results will determine whether they play in the Europa League or the newly-formed Europa Conference League.

The Irons need a point against Southampton to seal a sixth-placed finish and qualify for the Europa League.

In other news, West Ham have made an approach to sign another creative talent like Jesse Lingard.