West Ham manager David Moyes has refused to rule out signing Nottingham Forest star Jesse Lingard in the future. The player rejected the Hammers earlier this summer to pen a one-year deal at the City Ground.
Since then, the move has caused a frenzy in the media. Pundits, spectators and even managers have waded into the discussion with Lingard’s choice creating some angst.
The ex-Manchester United player was available on a free transfer. He left United ending a long-standing association with the Red Devils, making over 200 appearances.
On Saturday, Lingard made his debut for the Reds. Steve Cooper saw his team beaten 2-0 by Newcastle United and Forest will hope to improve when they face West Ham on Sunday.
Ahead of the clash, Moyes has been quizzed on whether or not he’d sign Lingard in the future. He rejected the advances of the West Ham boss this time but it doesn’t appear as though he’s been put off.
He told 90Min: “You never know, it’s a difficult question, I don’t see how I can answer it.
“If he scores 25 goals next year and does fantastically well, maybe I will. If he doesn’t, maybe I won’t.”
Moyes delivers coy answer when quizzed on Lingard
The Forest attacking midfielder enjoyed a fantastic spell at West Ham. He scored nine times and claimed five assists during his 16 appearances at the London Stadium.
With that in mind, it seemed for all the world that he would make a return to West Ham. Forest had other ideas though and the Marinakis family sold the club to Lingard.
The Reds have the player for at least a year. If it goes well and the club stays in the Premier League, then Forest might have a look at offering him a longer deal.
West Ham might have finally moved on from Lingard now. He will be 30 next year and if they get the players they want this summer, they may not have room in their squad for him next summer.