Nottingham Forest favourites to land Jesse Lingard as West Ham talks stall over £180k wage

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks with Jesse Lingard as they look to beat Premier League rivals West Ham to his signature.

The former Manchester United midfielder is currently a free agent after the expiry of his contract in June. 

West Ham, who signed Lingard on loan during the 2020/21 campaign, have been one of the favourites to land the player on a permanent deal.

While Irons boss David Moyes is determined to complete the deal, talks have been slow due to the 29-year-old demanding a reported wage of £180,000 a week.

With West Ham's lengthy negotiations proving fruitless, Nottingham Forest have pounced and are now leading the race to sign the midfielder.

Last season's play-off winners are understood to be in advanced talks with Lingard's representatives as they look to beat West Ham to the deal.

Forest have been priced at 11/10 to complete the signing, while West Ham have dropped to second-favourites at 11/8.

Should Lingard arrive at the City Ground, it would mark a momentous moment for the Nottingham outfit whose highest earning player last season was on loan forward Keinan Davis who pocketed £45,000 a week.

Other contenders for Lingard's signature include MLS side LA Galaxy. The Californian side are no stranger to high-profile signings, and they could certainly do with a boost considering they sit seventh in the Western Conference.

LA Galaxy are priced at 20/1 to make the deal a reality, while Everton and Newcastle are not far behind on 25/1.

DC United, who have recently appointed former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as manager, are next on the list at 33/1.

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