Jesse Lingard: West Ham will not match Nottingham Forest’s £180k-a-week contract offer

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Decision: Jesse Lingard  (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Decision: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United via Getty Images)

West Ham fear they will be pipped to the signing of Jesse Lingard after Nottingham Forest made a lucrative late offer to the England international.

Lingard is expected to announce a decision over his future this week, having left Manchester United at the end of his contract, and there had been growing confidence at the London Stadium that he would choose to return to the club where he enjoyed a successful loan spell during the 2020/21 campaign.

However, Lingard is thought to be pushing for a salary of around £180,000 a week and it is understood Forest are willing to smash their wage structure to sign the 29-year-old after holding talks.

West Ham remain interested but are unwilling to match the salary on the table at the City Ground and must now hope Lingard chooses European football over a bigger pay day at the newly-promoted side.

David Moyes has been keen on a reunion all summer but the Hammers have grown frustrated during talks with the midfielder, who has dragged out a decision over his next club despite it having been clear since January that he would leave Old Trafford.

The start of the new Premier League season is little more than two weeks away and Lingard is now certain to go into the campaign without a proper pre-season under his belt, having spent most of the off-season on holiday.

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