Having squandered his chance to join Newcastle United, Jesse Lingard finally has a new club.
His future has been uncertain for a long time. It was even claimed last week that he had an offer to go and play in Saudi Arabia.
However, that isn’t happening. Instead, Lingard is no longer a free agent and has joined newly promoted Nottingham Forest.
This is quite the coup for Steve Cooper’s side. However, it’s going to cost them a lot of money.
Jesse Lingard off to Nottingham Forest
Lingard’s incredible wage demands have stopped him from joining a new club – until now.
He did look set to sign for West Ham after a successful loan spell in 2021, but now Forest have swooped in. And the Times report that they have offered him a contract worth around £200,000-a-week.
That’s a truly astonishing figure, and £50,000 more than what the Hammers were offering. And it’s certainly more than Newcastle were willing to pay.
Wage demands put Newcastle
For a long time it looked like Lingard was certain to join Newcastle. He almost signed for Eddie Howe’s side in January, only for Manchester United to price him out of a move.
But with free agency on the horizon, nothing could stop the Magpies securing his services – except for Lingard himself.
It was first reported by the Telegraph that Newcastle were out of the race to sign him due to his excessive wage demands. They claim he wanted more than £150,000-a-week to move to St James’ Park.
Then the Chronicle stated that he actually wanted £200,000-a-week. Unsurprisingly and rightly, Newcastle said no.
Common sense prevailed for the Toon owners, who were unwilling to smash their wage structure to sign Lingard. However, Forest are taking a different stance and giving him what he wants.
It’s a real financial risk, but one they will hope pays off. They will argue it has if they avoid relegation.
Lingard could be at St James’ Park next month, but not in a Toon shirt. Instead, he could potentially make his Forest debut on the opening day of the season on Tyneside.