Jesse Lingard form means David Moyes has no January regrets despite Michail Antonio injury

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David Moyes insists he has no regrets over the decision not to bring in a striker in January, pointing to the success of Jesse Lingard since his arrival on loan at West Ham.

The Hammers have been left without a senior striker for the majority of their final eight games after Michail Antonio suffered another hamstring injury.

Former back-up striker Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January for £20million - less than half the fee West Ham paid for the 26-year-old - and Moyes opted against signing another striker and instead added Lingard on loan from former club Manchester United.

The midfielder has been a roaring success, firing West Ham into the top four with six goals and four assists in just eight games for the club.

Asked if he would regret not adding a striker in January were the Hammers to miss out on Europe at the end of the season, Moyes said: “No I chose to bring in Jesse Lingard instead.”

West Ham are keen to keep Lingard in east London on a permanent basis once his loan move from Old Trafford ends this summer.

No conversations have been held between the two clubs over such a move yet and the Hammers will face stern competition if Manchester United decide to sanction a sale.

With that decision being left until further down the line, Moyes is content to continue enjoying Lingard's rich vein of form.

"We’ve not spoken about it," said Moyes. "We’re enjoying having him, he has enjoyed his time as well but we’ve not considered anything more than that at this time."

The Hammers face top four rivals Leicester at the London Stadium on Sunday where a win could move them to within a point of the Foxes, who sit third.

Moyes's side have been in fine goalscoring form, scoring six in their last two games. However, having led both games 3-0, they dropped off and shipped three to draw against Arsenal and two to narrowly hold on to the win at Wolves.

"I am really concerned about that," said Moyes. "I want us to score five or six instead of three but it is something we have to consider. We have an attacking team at the minute but we know what is at stake. But if the team keeps winning 3-2 then why would I tell them to do any different."

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