West Ham coach admits they are interested in signing special Manchester United player

West Ham coach Stuart Pearce has admitted the London club remain interested in a deal for special Manchester United player Jesse Lingard.

Lingard claimed nine goals and five assists in 16 games for West Ham on loan last season.

“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.

“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.

“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.

“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”

West Ham have just over two weeks to get any potential deal over the line, with the transfer window coming to a close on Tuesday, August 31.