West Ham United failed to allow themselves to be drawn into a bidding war for the signature of Jesse Lingard, according to Sky Sports.
The former Manchester United midfielder completed a free transfer to Nottingham Forest yesterday having signed a one-year deal with Steve Cooper’s Premier League newcomers which does not include the option of an extension.
The Hammers are said to have made the 29-year-old an offer which they believed was fair and competitive to seal a return to the London Stadum for Lingard, who impressed there during a six-month loan stint during the second half of the 2021/21 campaign.
David Moyes’ side decided to walk away from a potential deal to focus on other transfer targets instead, with Lingard set to become Forest’s top earner, where he will take home worth £115,000 per week plus incentives.
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Lingard needs to get his career back on track and there is no doubt that West Ham will be disappointed he has chosen a pay day over the chance to return to London, given the fact that David Moyes handed him the chance to play regularly and seal a return to the England set-up when his career was going nowhere at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has signed a one-year deal which could mean he is looking to catch the eye once again before moving to another club, or purely to see whether Forest can avoid relegation at the first time of asking and they aren’t lumbered with his sizeable pay packet in the Championship.