Nottingham Forest brushed off competition from rival Premier League clubs on Thursday to sign Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.
Lingard departed Manchester United as a free agent last month, ending an 11-year senior stint at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old scored 35 goals in 231 appearances for Manchester United and also impressed during a loan spell at West Ham United in 2020/21.
According to The Guardian, a return to the Hammers was rumored, but they were apparently outbid by Forest’s offer of a one-year agreement paying £200,000 per week ($240,000).
Lingard will also be looking to re-enter the running for a spot in England’s World Cup team.
The midfielder was part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup semi-final squad four years ago and almost lost out on a spot in the Euro 2020 team last year after making the preliminary list.
Lingard will reunite with former Manchester United teammate Dean Henderson, who joined the club on loan earlier this month.
Forest have also signed Moussa Niakhate, Giulian Biancone, Omar Richards, Neco Williams, Harry Toffolo, Lewis O’Brien, Brandon Aguilera, Wayne Hennessey, and Taiwo Awoniyi as they prepare to play in the Premier League for the first time in 24 years.