David Moyes reveals West Ham made ‘a really good offer’ for Jesse Lingard and was ‘surprised’ by the former Manchester United striker’s rejection when he joined newly promoted Nottingham Forest on a £120,000-a-year deal. week.
- Jesse Lingard was wanted by West Ham this summer after leaving Old Trafford
- The 29-year-old rejected former club West Ham to join Nottingham Forest
- David Moyes told reporters the club were ‘doing everything’ to try and sign Lingard
David Moyes admits he was surprised when Jesse Lingard chose Nottingham Forest over a return to West Ham.
Lingard, who was a free agent after leaving Manchester United, enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers two seasons ago.
The 29-year-old scored nine goals in 16 games to help fire West Ham into Europe, and also made a return to the England squad.
After another bench-warming season at United, Lingard was offered the chance to return to the London Stadium to revive his career for a second time.
David Moyes said Jesse Lingard rejected West Ham to secure his move to Nottingham Forest
But instead he turned down European football with West Ham to join promoted Forest on a one-year deal.
“I was surprised, yes,” said Hammers boss Moyes. “I thought eventually Jesse would come here and I have to say the club made him a really good offer.
“You couldn’t turn around and say that David Sullivan and the owners didn’t do everything they could to get him. They certainly did.
“I must say that the club has tried to get many players, but for various reasons we have not been able to get them.”
Some pundits have suggested that money drove Lingard’s decision to join Nottingham Forest
Lingard left boyhood club Manchester United this summer after his contract expired
Moyes has spent almost £100m on Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Maxwel Cornet but has still found the transfer market a frustrating place this summer
“If only you knew. It’s been incredible,” he added. “We’ve bid for numerous, numerous players. Real bids and real money, and for various reasons we haven’t got them.
“They haven’t wanted to come to the club, or we haven’t got the right financial deal, or we haven’t been able to pay the player and the agent, so somehow we’ve struggled to be competitive. this one summer.
“Hopefully come the end of the window we’ve got ourselves under control.
“The difference is we’re trying to be in the top six instead of avoiding the bottom six. It’s harder to get the level of player you want to buy at what it costs.
“We’re looking at a much more expensive player with higher wages coming from a higher level, so that’s what we’ve struggled with.”