Nottingham Forest have let Jesse Lingard leave the City Ground at the end of his one-year deal. Now, he could be nearing a new club, with Inter Miami running the rule over the player.
The David Beckham-owned franchise, are allowing Lingard to maintain his fitness in the United States, according to The Mirror. They have recently added Lionel Messi to their ranks and he could soon be rubbing shoulders with Lingard.
Forest never saw the best of the versatile forward. He struggled with a series of injuries after the World Cup which was a shame as he showed some decent form just prior to the tournament.
It came as no surprise that Lingard was allowed to leave at the end of his contract. He failed to register a single goal or assist in the Premier League, scoring a couple of goals in the Carabao Cup.
Lingard is only 30 and he will now be seeking a new challenge. Ultimately, he will still see he has something to offer and may fancy a fresh challenge, with the MLS and Saudi Arabia both viable options.
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Forest will move on from Lingard. The man who played for Manchester United for over 10 years was one of the highest-paid players in the forest dressing room and that money can now be used elsewhere.
Lingard training with Inter Miami after Forest exit
This is a move that makes lots of sense. Much like he did with Forest, Lingard will likely be popular from a commercial sense and that is a large part of the remit at the clubs participating in the MLS.
Forest have done the right thing though. He hardly has Premier League clubs knocking his door down to give him a deal and moving to the glitz and glamour of USA or Saudi Arabia looks ideal.
Lingard had a brilliant attitude during his time at the City Ground. He was always willing his teammates on, even when he wasn’t getting game time himself and for that he should be wished well in his next adventure.