West Ham ‘pushed the boat’ to sign Jesse Lingard this summer, says David Moyes

When the 29-year-old’s contract at Manchester United expired, a move back to east London seemed like an obvious move for a player keen to return to England’s pre-World Cup setup.

Lingard scored 9 goals in 16 games for the club during a loan spell two seasons ago and had remained a target, although it was ultimately Nottingham Forest who swooped in.

The move has been criticized in some quarters and the pair are set to meet on Sunday when Moyes take his side to the City Ground for the first top-flight match at one of England’s most iconic grounds for over two decades.

Moyes admitted there was a belief Lingard would join West Ham and, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Scot offered further insight.

“We pushed the boat to try to catch it, but we didn’t get it,” he said.

“He chose Nottingham Forest, it’s Jesse’s choice and not ours.

“It’s not a failure for the club that we didn’t get him.”

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