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Report: Lingard set for rival move

Jesse Lingard appears poised to join Nottingham Forest in a shock move this summer.

The free agent has been a target for the Hammers throughout the transfer window, with boss David Moyes a huge fan of the attacking midfielder.

The Guardian reports that Forest, who were promoted to the Premier League after winning the play-offs, are in advanced talks with Lingard over a deal, but it is not finalised.

Forest are said to have made a very lucrative offer for the former Manchester United ace, who is demanding around £180,000-per-week.

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The City Ground club are said to have shown a willingness to smash their wage structure to sign Lingard, while the Hammers have thus far baulked at meeting his demands.

The Guardian quotes Hammers sources who claim Lingard may not actually want to play for the club again, while some believe he should already be in pre-season training at the London Stadium.

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11 comments on “Report: Lingard set for rival move

  1. Sol no striker how much of the transfer window has been lost on this? Moyes with egg on his face? Yet again WHU spend forever on a potential acquisition and then another club steps in. Will it be the usual last minute failed bids?

  2. Second guessing, third guessing, fourth guessing, fifth guessing, it’s all so monotonous isn’t it? Last night he was seen at Biggin Hill airport (supposedly), his Twitter messages mention The Chicken run, old cars, etc, etc. If he comes, great, we get a good player, if he doesn’t come and goes to Forest, great, we’ve not signed someone who’s only clearly in it for the money. Win-Win for us.

    Come 1st September we’ll see who plays for West Ham, before then, everyone should enjoy the lovely summer we’re having…!

  3. Do we really need the money grabbing Manc ?. He was a below average player in his last 4 or 5 performances for us.

  4. I would suspect very little time has been spent on latest pursuit of Lingard. He has only just returned from holls and we have lodged a bid with him/brother and ball is now in his court! I would also think we are pursuing multiple bids/players as indeed many other clubs are. My constant gripe is agents are usually the stumbling block by playing clubs off against each other to get the most lucrative deal for themselves.
    Good article in Telegraph Sport section today on Newcastle who are now richest club in universe! They are finding it difficult to get right players at a price and wages which does not fall foul of financial fair play rules. We also need to be aware of our limits !

  5. Dodged a bullet. Clearly only cares about the pension fund. We had the best from him last time when he actually had a point to prove. We should never have wasted the time on this. Really starting to get worried about this season if we don’t make some serious signings soon. Even more bare bones that last year. Killing me that Spuds are making it look so easy.

  6. Multi millionaire chooses fivers instead of football, very sad.
    Moyse and the club were right to stick to the wage structure. Lingard has never shown any desire to return so no real shock.
    If all he wants is cash Forest are welcome to him. I hope he enjoys the relegation fight he’ll undoubtedly be in.

    • Exactly!
      Judas MkII
      He is clearly demonstrating why he was not in the plans of any recent ManU manager.
      Neither is he the way forward for us.
      Move on….

  7. As I’ve said before he’s a mercenary, no allegiance to any team in particular just his pocket.
    How can you trust someone , who’s already rich beyond most of our dreams, playing with no desire
    Except his anticipation of his wage packet.
    Get proven attackers with desire and team togetherness as their focus

  8. Let him go to Forest if that is the level of his ambition.

  9. No great loss. He had the chance and chased the money. I’d rather have players who want to play for the club than the dosh.

  10. Hopefully this is not just a rumour but true…along with his agent brother you could see another Arnie situation.

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