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West Ham United manager David Moyes said he was surprised Nottingham Forest opted for promotion despite Jesse Lingard being given the chance to return to the London Stadium.
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The 29-year-old midfielder, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham during the 2020-21 season, signed for Forest last month after his contract at boyhood club Manchester United expired.
“I was surprised, yes. I thought Jesse would finally be here and I have to say the club made him a really good offer,” Moyes told reporters ahead of their Premier League opener against champions Manchester City on Sunday.
“You can’t turn around and say David Sullivan and the owners didn’t do everything to get him. They certainly did. “
West Ham brought in Naif Aguirre, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwell Cornet in the close season but Moyes admitted the transfer market was difficult to navigate.
“We have bid for numerous, numerous bids. We didn’t get genuine bids and real money and different reasons. They didn’t want to come to the club or we didn’t get the financial deal right,” he said.
West Ham finished seventh last season, securing a place in the Europa Conference League.
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