West Ham have completed the signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United.
The England midfielder, who reunites with manager David Moyes from their time together at Old Trafford, has joined on loan until the end of the season with the Hammers pushing for a top six spot this season.
Lingard told West Ham TV: “I’m excited. 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.”
Moyes is hoping Lingard, who has made just three appearances so far this season, brings his winning mentality to West Ham.
He said: “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.”
Earlier in the day, West Ham confirmed a permanent deal for Said Benrahma.
The Algerian, 25, has been on loan at West Ham from Brentford this season, taking up one of two spaces available for domestic loanees.
With defender Craig Dawson also on loan from Championship club Watford, the Hammers needed to act in order to create room for the arrival of Lingard on loan from United.
Benrahma’s £5m loan deal came with an option to buy for an extra £20m, which West Ham have now exercised, bringing the total fee to £25m.
The winger was chased by a host of Premier League clubs during the summer following an outstanding 2019/20 campaign at Brentford, but he is yet to catch fire in the top-flight, despite showing flashes of talent.