West Ham new addition Jesse Lingard has described his cross over from Manchester United as a new chapter in his life. The 28 year old made the submission after West Ham confirmed his official signing.
‘I’m excited,’ Lingard told West Ham TV via the club’s official website. ‘It’s another new chapter in my life.
‘Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.
‘There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move. I’ve obviously had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man U and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.
‘I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can really settle in here quickly.’
A host of clubs from England and abroad had shown an interest in acquiring the creative midfielder, but it is the east London club who have won the race for the Englishman’s signature.
Meanwhile, Hammers boss David Moyes has delighted in his latest acquisition as his side look to continue their fine form into the back end of the 2020-21 campaign.
‘I’ve seen him play as a young boy, when he was still a wide player on the right, and I’ve seen him play off the left,’ the Scot said.
‘He’s played for England as a No 10, he’s played for England as a No 8, and I actually think if we needed him as a False 9, he could do that as well.
‘We’re bringing in that versatility, I’ve wanted to try to get an energetic team at the moment and Jesse has been known for his work-rate and effort, so I think he’ll fit in nicely with what we’ve got.
‘I hope he brings us a little bit of quality too, and a winning mentality from Manchester United.’
Sportsmail understands that Manchester United negotiated a £500,000 bonus linked to West Ham qualifying for Europe as part of the 28-year-old’s loan deal.
The deal until the end of the season could cost West Ham up to £4million after they agreed to pay Lingard’s £100,000 weekly wages and a £1.5m loan fee.