England international midfielder Jesse Lingard has found a new home this summer after Nottingham Forest signed the rising ex-Manchester United player on a free transfer.
Lingard, 29, has agreed to a one-year contract with City Ground and a return to the Premier League for the first time since 1998 after several clubs in both England and the continent showed interest in his services.
As I mentioned David Orenstein of AthleticNottingham Forest are preparing to add Lingard to the mobile squad that will face Union Berlin on Saturday after completing his medical.
🚨 BREAK: Jesse Lingard joins Nottingham Forest as a free agent. 29yo England international has completed a medical contract and signed for one year. The former Man United midfielder will travel with him #NFFC To Germany on Friday for Saturday’s friendly against Union Berlin Tweet embed https://t.co/w9s0kqHsoq
– David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) 21 July 2022
Forrest overcame serious interest from both West Ham United and Everton Lingard, who will also be on a staggering £200,000-a-week deal for the duration of his one-year contract.
Lingard is the 11th signing this summer by Nottingham Forest after the ambitious club showed a serious intent to re-establish their Premier League credentials for the foreseeable future, becoming the most recognizable name added to their first team squad.
The club saw fit to move to Union Berlin’s Taio O’Ounii, Liverpool’s Nico Williams, ES Troyes’ Julian Biancon, FS V Mainz 05 Moussa Niakati and Bayern Munich’s Omar Richards, as well as Harry Toffolo, Louis O’Brien and Brandon Aguilera. Dean Henderson and Wayne Hennessy.
But the move is not without a degree of risk given the financial outlay the club have committed to spending up front in the summer window – now at £70m – as well as a massive increase in their wage budget.
Although the financial security offered by the Premier League could keep the club in 2022-23, if they fail to avoid a return to the Championship, Forest may have to give up some of the newer faces to get to the city ground.
Despite this, the club must certainly be commended for its aggressiveness in the market and the understanding that depth and rise in quality will not harm the chances of survival.
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