West Ham have new talks with Jesse Lingard amid interest from Forest | transfer window
West Ham have held further talks with Jesse Lingard amid interest in the former Manchester United midfielder from Nottingham Forest.
Lingard is reportedly close to making a decision on his future and West Ham are hopeful of reaching an agreement with the England international. The 29-year-old, a free agent after leaving United, secured an excellent loan at the London Stadium two years ago and David Moyes is determined to sign him.
The complication concerns Lingard’s wage demands. He held on to a deal worth £180,000 a week, but West Ham’s reluctance to go for it meant other clubs were still in the running. Everton are also in contention, Leicester, Newcastle and Tottenham are monitoring the situation and Forest are considering making him an offer.
Forest are looking to strengthen after winning promotion to the Premier League and signing Lingard, who have reportedly attracted interest from Major League Soccer clubs and a team in Saudi Arabia, would increase their attacking options.
At the moment West Ham, who remain in talks over a deal to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja, appear to be leading the race. Lingard has remained close to many West Ham players and has a good understanding with Moyes, who wants more quality in the attacking midfield.
West Ham are looking to back Moyes as they aim to build a side capable of finishing in the top four. The club have made an offer of £30million plus add-ons for Broja, who has told Chelsea he wants to leave permanently.
The offer was not accepted by Chelsea and discussions are ongoing. Everton could also make an offer for Broja, who are close to agreeing personal terms with West Ham. West Ham also submitted a €40million bid for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca last week. It is unknown if they intend to continue their pursuit of Scamacca if Broja joins.
Moyes is also trying to add more depth in midfield. West Ham, who have signed Flynn Downes from Swansea, are hoping to succeed with a €38million bid for Amadou Onana from Lille.
Rangers sign Liverpool defender Davies
Rangers have confirmed the signing of centre-back Ben Davies from Liverpool on a four-year contract.
The 26-year-old has agreed a £4m deal, announced shortly before Rangers’ pre-season game against West Ham at Ibrox.
Davies almost signed a pre-contract deal with Celtic 18 months ago before Liverpool stepped in to sign him from Preston as they struggled with an injury crisis.
The defender ultimately never played for the Reds and last season was loaned out to Sheffield United, where he made 23 appearances.
“I’m very happy to join Rangers and I’m really looking forward to taking this next step in my career,” Davies said. “It’s a huge club with big ambitions and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Rangers are a fantastic club, a great club,” said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. “Ben belongs to a big scene for sure. European football too. We wish Ben nothing but the success he deserves and we will follow him from here as he achieves many achievements at the course of his subsequent career.