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Nottingham Forest sign Lingard

Former Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has completed a move to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.

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The 29-year-old, who has 32 England caps, becomes Forest’s 11th summer signing after they won promotion to the Premier League.

Lingard came through the United youth academy and enjoyed loan spells at Leicester and Birmingham before he made his senior debut for the Red Devils in August 2014.

He went on to make over 230 appearances for the club overall, including 22 matches throughout the 2021-22 campaign.

His contract expired at the end of the season and West Ham and Forest emerged as candidates to snap him up.

The club confirmed the arrival of the attacking midfielder on their official website, saying: “Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm the signing of Jesse Lingard.”

Lingard announced his move with a video shared on the social media site, writing in the caption: “Ready for my new chapter. Let’s gooo babyyyyyy”.

Forest have not disclosed the length of Lingard’s contract.

He had also been linked with a return to West Ham where he had a spell on loan during the 2020-21 season, scoring nine goals in 16 Premier League starts.

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Nottingham Forest sign Lingard

Lingard, who has also held talks with Everton, made 22 appearances for Manchester United last season, but only four of those were starts.

He joins former Manchester United team-mate Dean Henderson at the City Ground, where he will wear the number 10 shirt.

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