Lingard officially moved to Forest last week after leaving Manchester United early in the summer when his contract expired.
The talented attacking midfielder has been the subject of a lot of interest, with West Ham, Newcastle, Leicester and Tottenham all said to be keen on signing the 29-year-old.
After a successful loan spell with the Irons in 2021, David Moyes’ side were tipped to win the race for Lingard’s signature, but they were unable to agree terms for the England international.
Instead, he opted to join newly promoted Forest on a one-year deal, with reports claiming his contract is worth £80,000-a-week but could rise to £120,000-a-week after performance-related bonuses.
This would make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history, and the news has not gone down well with many who believe the contract will damage Forest’s wage structure and paint Lingard in a bad light.
‘He ended up at Nottingham Forest because they paid him more money. There are no two ways about it, Johnson told The Games Cabin.
– It’s not like he’s from Nottingham or a Forest fan, I have no other words to say about the move as there’s only one reason he’s ended up there.
– He will 100% regret not switching to West Ham. To be honest, his move to Forest highlights a short-term mentality.
‘He’s gone on a one-year deal and will earn around £20,000 more a week, when instead he could have gone to West Ham on a three-year deal and played in Europe.
– He would have made more money anyway. He knows West Ham, he knows the players, but instead he could be fighting relegation every week with Nottingham Forest, which is hard work and will frustrate him.’
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