Trevor Sinclair has urged Jesse Lingard to stay with West Ham beyond the end of the season.
The Manchester United loanee has been in scintillating form since joining the Irons in January, and got himself on the scoresheet for a sixth time in eight Premier League outings for the club with a stunning solo strike in Monday night’s 3-2 win over Wolves.
That result moved David Moyes’ side back into the top four, while Lingard himself recently earned a recall to the England squad as a reward for his purple patch at the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old is due to return to his parent club at the end of the season, with his contract at Old Trafford due to expire next summer, but ex-Hammer Sinclair believes that his best option could be to push for a permanent move to the capital.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I think he’s had such an uncomfortable time at Manchester United, being left out in the cold, that he won’t want to go back there and be a squad player.
"I feel that he’s enjoyed [being at West Ham]. I mean, look at him – six goals and three assists. That’s more than anyone since he joined West Ham.
"Everyone’s talking about him.
"I have to say, I didn’t really like his shenanigans, his handshakes and all the rest of it, but actually when he’s come to West Ham, he’s put a smile on my face. I think that would be echoed among the West Ham fans. They probably disliked it, but now that he’s at West Ham and he’s dancing and he’s got everyone jumping onboard…
"Sometimes you go to a club, and it’s possibly not the biggest club, but the lads welcome you, you get on well, you play well. You’re buzzing. The fans love you, the manager appreciates you and values you – why would he want to go anywhere else?
"That’s all I’d say to him. If you enjoy your football, if you feel valued at that club – sometimes it’s an unexpected fit – but go with it, man.”