By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Aug, 2022 | 2:10pm

West Ham United offered Jesse Lingard £127k per week, joined Nottingham Forest for £80k per week - John Percy

Jesse Lingard joined Nottingham Forest over West Ham this summer despite being offered 37% less in wages, according to the reliable John Percy.

The Hammers had been chasing Lingard for the best part of two years and thought they had a deal “all but agreed” to bring him back to the London Stadium before newly promoted Forest stepped in and sealed a deal under their noses.

Initial reports claimed that West Ham had been gazumped and wouldn’t match their wage offer, but a report in The Telegraph [August 3] says the opposite is actually the truth.

Writing in his report on their website he said, “Lingard was impressed by Forest’s determination to sign him and how they envisaged him operating under Cooper’s style of play.

“The move was never about finance. Indeed, West Ham offered Lingard £127,000-a-week and a substantial signing-on fee close to £1m. Forest are paying the England international a basic £80,000-a-week.”

Unlikely

There’s no doubt that John Percy is a super reliable journalist, but there’s just no way that this information can be 100% accurate with full context.

It was well reported as the deal was progressing that West Ham hadn’t offered him enough money for what he wanted and he was trying to convince the club to up their offer.

When he didn’t, Forest came in and suddenly he was willing to sign. That suggests they matched his demands, and the likelihood is that the “basic” £80,000 week wage is just the start of his earnings.

He’ll earn more for every appearance, goal, assist and likely anything else he does too to get that up and ultimately the Hammers weren’t willing to match it.

Most are content that it was the right decision considering how the whole saga went, but it’s very interesting that this is the narrative now going around.