West Ham have signed on loan from Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard until the end of the season, after concluding the permanent signing of Said Benrahma.
England international Lingard, who has scored 33 goals in 210 appearances for United, had only played for the club three times this season.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he wants the 28-year-old to return to Old Trafford “revitalized”.
“I am excited,” Lingard said. “This is another new chapter in my life.”
He added: “Nothing is guaranteed but I have come here to work hard, to help the team and to bring my experience. That is the main goal. I just want to enjoy my football and start playing again and get my football back. feet on the ground. “
The Hammers were due to make winger Benrahma’s loan to Brentford permanent this summer, but they finalized the deal worth up to £ 30million earlier on Friday to free up loan space.
Premier League clubs can only have two domestic loan signings; West Ham also has Craig Dawson on loan from Watford.
Algeria international Benrahma moved to London Stadium on loan from Championship side Brentford in October, in a deal that required the Hammers to make a permanent transfer, worth £ 25million plus an additional £ 5million in add-ons, at the end of this season – but now the 25-year-old has signed a contract until 2026.
Lingard reunites with former Manchester United manager David Moyes at West Ham.
“There were a lot of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt it was the right decision,” Lingard said.
“I obviously had a previous relationship with the manager because he was at Man U and I’ve played with him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.
“It is important that a player and a coach have a good relationship. He has a very good character, he makes his team work hard and I have already discussed with him and there are no guarantees – that’s to me to do the work. and put the transplant, to get into the team and play well week after week. “
Moyes said: “I saw him play as a young boy, when he was still a wide player on the right, and I saw him play on the left. He played for England as a number 10 he played for England as a number eight, and I actually think if we needed him as a false nine he could do that too.
“We bring that versatility, I wanted to try to have an energetic team at the moment and Jesse is known for his pace of work and effort so I think he will fit in well with what we got.
“I hope he gives us some quality too, and a winning Manchester United mentality.”
Speaking at a press conference ahead of United’s Premier League game with Arsenal on Saturday (5.30pm GMT), Solskjaer said Lingard has a future at the club.
“We want Jesse to come back here revitalized,” he said. “We had little to no injuries and unfortunately he is not forced to join the team.
“I just want him to go out there and have fun, show how good he is and come back. He’s a Manchester United player from start to finish.”
Lingard will not take part in the Hammers’ home game against Liverpool on Sunday (4.30pm GMT) and will not be eligible to play against his parent club in the FA Cup fifth round.
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