West Ham United star Declan Rice has sent a clear message to the club’s owners over their summer transfer plans.
David Sullivan and David Gold were heavily criticised for failing to sign a striker in the January window after selling Sebastien Haller.
Hammers boss David Moyes insisted he wanted to keep the money to get the right player in the summer.
GSB came under fire after Moyes decision not to sign a striker in January
But West Ham supporters felt the owners should have supplemented the Haller money with any extra funds needed to land one of Moyes’s targets last month.
Instead Moyes signed Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.
Many fans doubted the playmaker and suggested West Ham did not need him.
Lingard arrived instead and has proved doubters wrong
Lingard’s brilliant start has proved those doubters wrong, though.
The pacy attacker has fitted seamlessly into West Ham’s side.
And he has scored three goals and provided an assist in his first four games.
West Ham fans are desperate to see the 28-year-old signed permanently in the summer.
And now skipper Rice has sent a clear message to Sullivan and Gold that he and his teammates feel the same (talkSPORT).
Rice echoes Lingard call from fans to West Ham owners over summer transfer plans
“He’s top,” West Ham matchday skipper Rice said on talkSPORT.
“I knew this from when I played with him at England, he’s a ridiculously top, top player.
“You know when you’re playing with a top player. He takes the ball on the half-turn, takes the ball in tight areas, relieves the pressure off you.
“When you’re giving him the ball on the pitch you know he’s going to do something with it. What comes with it, he’s got a great personality as well and the lads have really taken to him.
“I’m so happy that we’ve got him here now at West Ham. And hopefully we can do that for much longer for next season as well.”
Over to you GSB.