Jesse Lingard’s search for a new club is over after penning a one-year deal to join newly-promoted Nottingham Forest despite strong interest from West Ham United.
The 29-year-old England international attacking midfielder left Manchester United following the expiration of his contract at the end of last month.
Lingard’s signature had been hotly contested, with four clubs speaking to his representatives over the past week, but he settled on Forest for a substantial deal.
The Manchester United junior had enjoyed an excellent six-month loan spell at West Ham in early 2021, but opted against re-joining the Hammers.
Lingard had scored nine goals and provided five assists during that loan spell.
He had tried to re-establish himself at Old Trafford after that, last season, without success, managing 22 appearances and netting twice in all competitions.
Sky Sports claims that Lingard is now Forest’s highest earner, becoming their 11th off-season signing.
Forest have already signed United goalkeeper Dean Henderson on loan, along with Omar Richards, Neco Williams, Harry Toffolo, Taiwo Awoniyi and Moussa Niakhate.
Nigeria forward Awoniyi was the club’s record transfer, with Forest believed to have paid 17.5 million pounds to Union Berlin for his signature.
Awoniyi, who had been on Liverpool’s books before numerous loan spells, netted 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season.