Newly Promoted Side Hijack Jesse Lingard Transfer

Jesse Lingard

Newly-promoted Nottingham Forest have been active in this transfer window and they have now added a tenth new addition with the signing of free-agent Jesse Lingard. The former Manchester United man appeared to be on the move to West Ham United before being offered a better deal.

A report from The Times details that the former Manchester United man had a much-higher contract offer on the table from his new club. The team reportedly offered a wage packed of  “slightly less than £200,000 a week,” which is significantly higher than the offer from East London.

Nottingham Forest Hijack Jesse Lingard Move

Transfer Spree

Nottingham Forest see the attacker as a marquee signing after already picking up his former teammate Dean Henderson on a loan move earlier in the window. Aside from the two former Red Devils, the Championship playoff winners have signed eight new players in a bid to remain in the top flight.

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The 29-year-old Lingard brings crucial Premier League experience to the team and could flourish as the main attacking option of the team.

West Ham Missing Out?

It is certainly unusual for a side competing in Europe to be outbid by a team who were in the Championship just last season but it is possible that David Moyes’ side have their attention elsewhere. While the English international impressed on loan with the Irons, they are currently putting their efforts into signing Chelsea’s Armando Broja.

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The club’s offer wasn’t a weak one as The Times’ report would estimate their offer at roughly £150,000 per week but witha chase of Broja, they likely had to weigh up their options and decided to focus on locking down the 20-year-old striker who scored nine goals last season for Southampton.