West Ham made Jesse Lingard “a really good offer,” according to David Moyes.

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West Ham made Jesse Lingard “a really good offer,” according to David Moyes.

When Jesse Lingard chose Nottingham Forest over a return to West Ham, David Moyes says he was surprised.

After leaving Manchester United, Lingard became a free agent. Two seasons ago, he had a fruitful loan with the Hammers.

The 29-year-old scored nine goals in 16 games to propel West Ham into the Europa League and was re-inducted into the England team.

Lingard was given the opportunity to return to the London Stadium after spending another season as a United bench warmer in hopes of revitalizing his career once more.

Instead, he declined playing for West Ham in Europe in favor of signing a one-year deal to join promoted Forest.

Manager of the Hammers Moyes admitted, “I was surprised, yeah.

“I anticipated that Jesse would ultimately move here, and I must admit that the club made him a very competitive offer.

“You couldn’t claim that David Sullivan and the owners didn’t exert all of their efforts to capture him.

That much is certain.

I must admit that the club has made numerous attempts to sign players, but for a variety of reasons we have not been successful.

Even though Moyes spent nearly £100 million on Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, and Maxwel Cornet this summer, he still found the transfer market to be difficult.

“Would that you knew.

He continued, “It’s been incredible.

“We’ve made offers for a ton of players.

We lack genuine bids and genuine funds for a variety of reasons.

“They haven’t wanted to join the club, or the financial arrangement isn’t right, or we can’t afford to pay the player and the agent, so in one way or another, we’ve found it challenging to be competitive this summer.

We should have ourselves in order by the time the window expires, I hope.

“The difference is that instead of trying to stay out of the bottom six, we’re trying to be in the top six.

It’s more difficult to find players at the level you’re looking to buy for the price.

“What we’ve found challenging is that we’re looking at a much more expensive player, on bigger wages, coming from a higher level.”

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