Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported West Ham United transfer target Jesse Lingard.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite recent reports suggesting that Nottingham Forest are looking to hijack Rob Newman’s move for the 29-year-old this summer, West Ham nevertheless remain in the race for the former Manchester United forward’s signature – with the player expected to make a final decision on his future in the coming days.
In his tweet, Romano said: “Nottingham Forest have made an important proposal to Jesse Lingard as Jacob Steinberg reported – but West Ham are still in the race with their proposal on the table. Player decision expected soon, both clubs are on it.”
While it is undeniable that Forest’s late move for Lingard will be a cause for concern for the West Ham faithful, Romano’s suggestion that the Hammers are still well and truly in the race for the England international, in addition to the transfer insider’s claim that the 29-year-old will make a decision on his future soon, is sure to be news the London Stadium faithful will love.
Indeed, while it is true that the £16.2m-rated talent had become something of a bit part player at Old Trafford in recent years – starting just 11 Premier League fixtures for the Red Devils over the last three seasons – the academy graduate nevertheless returned an impressive 35 goals and 21 assists over his 232 appearances for the club – only 143 of which came as starts.
Furthermore, the £75k-per-week attacker very much caught the eye during a loan spell in east London in the back end of the 2020/21 campaign, scoring nine goals and registering five assists over 16 Premier League fixtures for David Moyes’ side – playing an important role in the Hammers going on to secure a Europa League spot via a sixth-place finish in the league that season.
And, while it is being reported that Forest are prepared to offer the 32-cap international a lucrative wage packet in a bid to tempt him into a move to The City Ground ahead of one the London Stadium this summer, the fact that the Irons can offer the 29-year-old European football, as well as the prospect of challenging for another top-six finish in the league next season, is sure to weigh in the favour of the east London outfit.
Either way, Romano’s latest update is undoubtedly good news for supporters of the Hammers, who will be waiting with bated breath to discover where Lingard will decide he wants to spend the prime years of his career.