Jesse Lingard joins Nottingham Forest on a one-year deal after rejecting West Ham return

Lingard, who was a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of his contract, enjoyed a superb loan spell at the London Stadium in the second half of the 2020/21 season and David Moyes was keen on a meeting this summer.

As recently as earlier this week, the Hammers were convinced to sign the England international, only to be edged out by a late bid from Nottingham Forest who standard sports includes worth £115,000 per week with other survival-based incentives and other performance-related add-ons.

The Hammers were unwilling to match that salary but left their own offer on the table. However, Lingard opted to join the newly promoted team instead and will head to the City Ground.

There had been frustration at West Ham with Lingard’s delay in a decision on his future, although it had been clear since January that he would leave Old Trafford. The delay means the midfielder will join Steve Cooper’s side after missing the majority of pre-season, with just a fortnight before the start of the new Premier League campaign.

The 29-year-old had a number of Premier League contenders, as well as reported offers from clubs in Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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