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Jesse Lingard seem unlikely to become a deadline day signing for the Hammers.

The free agent has been training with the Hammers and speculation has been keen that he could join the club after his fine loan period with us the campaign before last.

However, he chose to join Nottingham Forest where he had a less than average season making just 17 Premier League appearances failing to score in any other than two Cup games

Very Low RaterThere have been varying reports on his fitness levels but the latest word we are getting is that he is not at the level which would earn him a deal with the Hammers.

One can’t entirely rule it out as manager David Moyes is a huge fan of the player at his best and could make an 11th hour decision to take a chance on the midfielder.

However, our main source told us: “As things stand he really doesn’t look to be up to the fitness level required.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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