Moyes answers Lingard question; wants ‘some more business’

News Desk
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West Ham United boss David Moyes wants to “do some more business” before the end of the transfer window but was coy on potential interest in Jesse Lingard.

Craig Dawson, Thierry Nevers and Alphonse Areola have all arrived this summer with the club only spending £2m in transfer fees.

Manchester United winger Lingard – who scored nine goals and contributed four assists on loan last season – is interesting the Hammers but there have been rumours that the east London club will struggle to afford the deal.

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Moyes told reporters: “I hope to do some more business. We’ve been trying hard and we’re trying to add to a good group of players and give ourselves some more options at different times. We know we’ve got a challenging season ahead of us, but an exciting one. In this business, there are no guarantees.”

On transfer speculation surrounding Jesse Lingard: “The questions are not for me – they’re for Manchester United. We enjoyed having him but in my mind he’s at Manchester United and it’s not for us to discuss.”

The London Stadium will welcome a capacity 60,000 crowd for the first time since last February on Monday night when the Hammers host Leicester.

Yet some pundits suggested West Ham’s success last season – they had the second best home record in the Premier League – was down in part to not having supporters in the ground.

Sections of the Hammers’ fanbase have still not warmed to the former Olympic Stadium following the switch from Upton Park, while there remains some animosity towards owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

But Moyes is hoping those differences will be put aside and a notoriously demanding crowd will be more help than hindrance.

“If I am a West Ham supporter I am taking that as criticism and I am going to prove to you that the team will thrive and that we do support the team,” said the Hammers boss.

“It is going to be interesting. We played very well last year during lockdown. I believe we will continue to play well with the crowd or without the crowd, whatever we get.

“I think the crowd can make a big difference. We’ve got 60,000 back at the stadium and I am expecting them to get right behind the team and show their support.”

The fans will certainly be content if West Ham play like they did in the second half of last weekend’s 4-2 victory at Newcastle.

But Moyes admits he would be just as happy with a 1-0 win as they bid for a third straight success over the Foxes.

“I hope we’re the West Ham team that wins more than the others! I’d like to be a team of winners and winning more games than we lose,” he added.

“If we can do that in an entertaining fashion, scoring lots of goals, I’d be thrilled to do it. But ultimately winning’s my goal and I’m going to try to do that.”