Journalist Ryan Taylor has shed some light on West Ham United‘s failed signing of Jesse Lingard as he completes a move Nottingham Forest.
The Lowdown: Forest hijack deal…
After months of speculation, the Hammers and manager David Moyes were thought to be closing in on a deal for the 29-year-old following his sensational 2020/2021 spell on loan in east London.
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However, in unceremonious fashion, newly-promoted Forest swooped in at the last minute to hijack the Irons’ deal with Lingard then putting pen to paper on a one year deal at the City Ground.
The Latest: West Ham had hoped to ‘finalise’ Friday move…
Shedding light on Lingard’s failed move to the London Stadium, reporter Taylor of The Daily Express claims West Ham had hoped to finalise his transfer on Friday.
He explained: “West Ham more than satisfied with lucrative offer made to Jesse Lingard before #NFFC hijacked move. Was hoped he would be in London on Friday to finalise return to club.”
The Verdict: Blow for Moyes?
Missing out on the Englishman, depending on who West Ham may sign as an alternative, could turn out to be a blow for Moyes if they don’t take to the market swiftly.
Described as a ‘special’ player by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Lingard’s nine goals and four assists over 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers during his temporary spell is evidence of the ace’s quality.
With any luck, supporters won’t witness another hijack before the end of this window.
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