ExWHUemployee has dropped an update on the future of reported West Ham United transfer target Jesse Lingard.
In a recent post on Twitter, the West Ham insider revealed that, following a number of reports suggesting that Nottingham Forest now look to be closing in on a deal for the 29-year-old forward, the former England international’s most likely destination this summer does now indeed appear to be The City Ground.
In response to a supporter asking if there is any truth to the former Manchester United attacker’s links with Forest, Ex said: “Yes, at the moment that seems the most likely destination unless West Ham make one last move – but I can’t see it being successful at this point.”
Indeed, that news was later confirmed by David Ornstein who revealed that Lingard is set to join the Trentside outfit and link up with them in pre-season.
Considering just how impressive Lingard was during a loan spell at the London Stadium back in 2021, in addition to it previously appearing as if the forward’s permanent move to east London looked to be all but confirmed, Ex’s latest update on the 29-year-old’s future is sure to have left the West Ham faithful fuming.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side in the campaign before last, the £16.2m-rated talent was in electric form for the Hammers, bagging nine goals, providing five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the 32-cap international average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.19, ranking him not only as the club’s best performer in the top flight but also as the 20th-best player in the division as a whole that season.
As such, should Lingard indeed go on to seal a move to the newly-promoted Reds ahead of agreeing a switch to West Ham – who can offer the 29-year-old European football and the chance of a top-six finish in the league – this summer, it will undoubtedly be an incredibly frustrating outcome for all involved with the Irons – not least Moyes himself.