How West Ham could line-up with Jesse Lingard and Said Benrahma in attack as David Moyes pushes for European spots
JESSE LINGARD will provide West Ham with added versatility in attack during his loan spell from Manchester United.
Hammers boss David Moyes confirmed the England midfielder is close to moving until the end of the season from Old Trafford.
Moyes said: "I think Jesse will give us more attacking options in as far as he can play nearly all the positions along the front line, and he can play as a midfield player as well.
"I don't want to be in a position where I'm bringing someone in just for the sake of it.
"I've always said if I can look in my own group to find solutions I will try and do so."
Lingard, 27, was once a regular for United and England but has struggled to hold down a regular spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He has made just three appearances this season, all in the cup, but offers West Ham cover across the front line.
Moyes, who regularly sets up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, will find Lingard most comfortable in the No10 role behind the striker.
But he is also able to play on each wing, allowing Michail Antonio or Said Benrahma to be pushed centrally.
Benrahma, 25, has also joined on a permanent deal, having spent the first half of the season on loan from Brentford.
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The Algerian has, so far, played mainly on the left, but can be used as a striker or supporting forward.
Similarly, Antonio could slot in on the right but has spent the entire season as a striker for the Hammers.
With the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax, Moyes wanted to bring in another attacker, but has failed to do so.
He said: "I can't deny we would have liked another striker. We have made offers for one or two players we'd have liked to have got.
"But for different reasons they have not been gettable.Are we expecting any more incomings? At the moment, no."
Manuel Lanzini is an alternate to play in the No10 role, while Jarrod Bowen has established himself as a regular on the right wing.
With Benrahma cutting from out wide and down the middle, Pablo Fornals has competed for a spot on the left.
Lingard's arrival is unlikely to affect Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek's defensive midfield partnership.
And with no further business expected to take place this window, Moyes' trusted backline of Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Creswell and Lukasz Fabianski will stay the same.
West Ham sit fifth in the league and continue to fight for a place in Europe next season.
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