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Nottingham Forest have been promoted up to the premier league for the 2022-2023 season, and they certainly need to make signings if they want to stay up. They went out and signed 29 year old free agent midfielder Jesse Lingard to a one year deal. Jesse Lingard has made 165 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 29 goals and assisting 17. His best season came on loan at West Ham from January 2021 to June 2021. He had made 16 appearances for the club, scoring 9 goals and assisting 5 more for a total of 14 goal contributions in 16 games. Lingard has 32 appearances for England, scoring 6 goals and assisting 5 more.
With that form, many expected Lingard to want a return to West Ham, but that seemed to not be the case. West ham had made an offer for Lingard, but he reportedly turned it down because he was offered more money by Nottingham Forest. The move to Forest will certainly cement him as a consistent starter for the club, but he would have started at West Ham with the form he showed in his last spell with the club, so it seems to be a move driven by money.
Lingard chose to only sign a 1 year deal, likely due to the idea that the club could be relegated if things don’t go according to plan, and Lingard certainly doesn’t want to spend the back end of his career playing below the top level of football.