Former Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard made a shock move to the newly-promoted Premier League side, Nottingham Forest after they made a substantial offer.
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder signed a one-year contract after he left Old Trafford last month following the expiration of his United contract.
“The former Red Devil brings a wealth of Premier League, Champions League and international experience to The City Ground and was a key member of the Manchester United side that lifted the FA Cup in 2016, scoring the winning goal in extra time against Crystal Palace at Wembley.” Nottingham Forest said on their website.
According to Sky Sports News, Lingard whose one-year contract does not include an option for a further year, becomes Forest’s highest earner, with his deal thought to be worth £115,000 per week plus incentives.
West Ham was desperate to sign the England international after a successful loan spell at the London Stadium in 2021
David Moyes wanted to sign him but his salary demands were too high for the club, Lingard held out for a contract worth £180,000 a week.
Football pundits have argued that Lingard is using the opportunity to bounce back and get a chance to represent England in the World Cup competitions later this year
The former United star becomes The Reds’ eleventh summer signing and joins former Manchester United team-mate Dean Henderson who is on a season-long loan spell at the club