Nottingham Forest are considering allowing Jesse Lingard to leave the City Ground during the January transfer window, according to TEAMtalk.

The Reds landed the ex-Manchester United man during the summer when it seemed certain he was going to West Ham.

Lingard had been without a club after ending a long association at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old was wooed by Miltiadis Marinakis who convinced him that Forest was the club for him.

It’s fair to say that his time at the City Ground hasn’t exactly been a roaring success just yet, however.

Forest considering Lingard exit
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Lingard has failed to register a single goal or assist since checking in and hasn’t always been considered a regular.

The versatile attacker was left out of the starting eleven on Saturday as Forest drew 2-2 with Brentford.

Now, reports are suggesting that the £80,000-a-week player could be allowed to leave in January.

Forest are bottom of the Premier League, although they do remain in touch with the teams around them in the league.

Lingard is yet to convince the club’s hierarchy that they’ve made the right decision to bring him in.

As a result, they’re already considering offering him out to a number of clubs once the window reopens.

Forest are considering Lingard exit

Ultimately it hasn’t yet worked out for Lingard just yet at the City Ground.

After spending most of last year not playing, however, that’s not really a surprise.

Lingard could come good but it’s whether Steve Cooper is willing to persist with Lingard when he’s showcasing inconsistencies.

His current form certainly hasn’t been through a lack of trying.

Lingard’s work rate has largely been good and the challenge for the Reds is to get him involved when he does start games.

Forest considering Lingard exit
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Perhaps, right now he’s struggling with a confidence crisis.

It would be a risk to offload him and in current form, it’s hard to imagine the queue to be forming around the City Ground.

Lingard will be desperately trying to win the Forest fans over.

He’s arguably facing the biggest challenge of his career and it will now be interesting to see if he remains at the City Ground.

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