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West Ham hopeful of being in a strong position to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United this summer

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Jesse Lingard has helped fire West Ham into Champions League contention and David Moyes is hopeful the Hammers will be in pole position to sign him this summer.

The England international is unavailable to face Manchester United, his parent club, when West Ham visit on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously said that he would want Lingard to return an improved player at the end of this season, but the 28-year-old may see his future elsewhere.

Lingard has four goals and two assists in six games since joining West Ham, and should he keep this form up the Hammers won’t be the only ones looking to strike a deal with United.

However, with the midfielder seemingly loving life in east London, Moyes is hoping that West Ham will be front of the queue, and not just for Lingard.

The Scot said: “I hope we’re going to be in a position to attract many players in the future, because of our league position, because we’re a club with stature, we’re in London, we have a 60,000-plus stadium which will be full every week. I think all those things go in our favour.

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“Jesse wanted to come here, right from the start. When I was talking to him he wanted to come to West Ham. He saw it as a really good place for him. I think he’ll have seen what we’re trying to do. He’s joined a good group of players as well. We’ve got international players and I’m hoping we can add to that in the coming transfer window. The job is to try to add to that. But I would hope Jesse sees this as a good place if it’s possible to be done, and if we think that we want to do it at the end of the season.”

Lingard has been one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted players for England during his time in charge, and Moyes feels that he could be closing in on a return to the squad having not been involved since June 2019.

“I think the England squad will be very hard to break into (but) the form of some of the players at the moment means they must be getting close,” said Moyes. “I’m guessing Jesse isn’t going to be too far away if his form stays the same.”

Southgate names his squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers on Thursday next week.

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