David Moyes could be about to repeat his Jesse Lingard masterstroke at West Ham…
According to ExWHUemployee, the Irons are exploring several domestic and foreign loan deals ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline and they could well look to revisit Chelsea, having secured Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal over the weekend.
He claims that talks have happened with several players and that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one player that the club have held an interest in before.
“Domestic and foreign loan moves are also something that the club are negotiating. I’ve mentioned Chelsea, talks have happened with a couple and Loftus-Cheek is someone we have liked in the past,” he told his ‘The West Ham Way’ Patreon site.
If the Scotsman pulls off a late deadline day move for the English midfielder, then we should perhaps expect a Loftus-Cheek to see his career revitalised just like his international teammate.
Lingard’s career almost looked dead and buried at Manchester United last season as he could not get a look-in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with names like Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba way ahead in the pecking order.
He was shipped out to the London Stadium without much expectation but under Moyes’ guidance became a standout star, finishing the campaign as his second highest-rated player on WhoScored following a whopping nine goals and five assists, all in half-a-season.
Loftus-Cheek is in a similar boat.
It was only in 2018/19 that the Blues graduate, who has been capped ten times by England, delivered ten goals and five assists from midfield in one season, though since then he’s made only ten appearances for the club, via Transfermarkt.
That year, BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves lauded him as an “unstoppable force“, whilst former Fulham boss Scott Parker described his qualities as “unplayable” earlier this year during his time on loan at Craven Cottage.
Clearly, his progression has slowed despite not yet reaching his peak and with him behind names like N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount among others, it would make sense for him to go out on loan for the 2021/22 season.
The Hammers could do with more presence in midfield as they are merely one injury away from having to rely on the retiring Mark Noble – not what you want when you’re about to compete in the Europa League. And again, his experience on the biggest stage will only help tenfold, too.
Moyes must look to repeat his Lingard masterstroke with a move for the £16.2m-rated dynamo.