West Ham have signed Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan until the end of the season.
The move comes after Said Benrahma completed his permanent signing to the club.
Lingard, who has scored 33 goals in 210 appearances for Manchester, had played just three times for the club this season.
Lingard spoke on the tranfer:
“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.”
West Ham was due to make Benrahma’s loan move from Brentford permanent in the summer, but they finalized the deal worth up to £30m earlier on Friday to free up loan space.
Team manager, who is formerly of Manchester, David Moyes is reuniting with Lingard at West Ham and had kind words for the 28-year-old:
“I’ve seen him play as a young boy, when he was still a wide player on the right, and I’ve seen him play off the left. He’s played for England as a number 10, he’s played for England as a number eight, and I actually think if we needed him as a false nine, he could do that as well.
“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.”