Declan Rice desperate for Jesse Lingard to seal permanent West Ham transfer

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Declan Rice has told Jesse Lingard he wants the Manchester United loanee to make his West Ham move permanent this summer.

The midfielder has been sensational since joining the Hammers in January, scoring nine goals in his first ten games to keep them in the hunt for European football.

Lingard set up Michail Antonio’s third goal in the 3-1 win over West Brom on Wednesday night, a result which means David Moyes’s side need just one point against Southampton on Sunday to ensure Europa League football next season.

West Ham are desperate to sign Lingard permanently, but their loan agreement with United included no option-to-buy and there has been little indication as to the intentions of his parent club.

“I hope he does, I really hope he does,” Rice told Redknapp’s Big Night Out when asked if he was pushing Lingard to stay.

“He has changed our squad completely.

“From the first session he was brave on the ball, he’s an out and out No10 - always on the half-turn and facing forward and that is the player we needed. The game he played against Villa when he scored two, we knew we had a real gem on our hands.”

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West Ham are not the only club interested in a deal for Lingard, though any decision over his future is likely to be left until after the European Championships and the England international could well see out the final year of his deal at Old Trafford.

A deal for the 28-year-old is just one of a number of moves Moyes wants to make this summer. The Scot is aware that European football will take its toll on the squad and wants to add at least one striker, possibly two, a central midfielder and a central defender - while West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is also a target, though the Hammers may face competition from Tottenham.

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