There was a feeling of frustration as to how long the Lingard saga dragged on within West Ham and Lingard has been criticised for joining a newly-promoted side ahead of a club entering their second consecutive season of European football.
While West Ham baulked at the former Manchester United star’s wage demands, Lingard has stressed he had more lucrative options this summer, playing down suggestions his move to Forest was solely based on the financials.
“I could have gone abroad for a lot, a lot, a lot more money, like life-changing money,” he told Sky Sports.
“So for me, it’s just nonsense really. I don’t really like to read into that stuff really, it was my decisions.
“The owners were very strong in their approach to bring me here. They flew me to London, they went overboard to do what they could to bring me here.”