If Nottingham Forest sign Jesse Lingard, West Ham might go to Everton. Diaz may be a target for Everton.
Nottingham Forest is now leading the bid to sign Lingard, in a bizarre twist of events.
Nottingham Forest are prepared to disrupt their wage structure in order to sign the England international, who has been holding out for a contract worth 180,000 a week, according to the Guardian.
Lingard has had good discussions with the Championship's play-off winners, and West Ham is refusing to follow his personal desires, making a move to the City Ground a realistic possibility.
Spurs have also expressed an interest in the Manchester United Academy graduate.
Interesting, the Guardian notes that some Nottingham Forest employees are still hoping West Ham would sign Lingard, although the Hammers themselves fear they will miss out on a reunion.
The east Londoners are supposedly dissatisfied with the attacking midfielder and are unsure whether or not he will ever play for them.
Lingard should already be in pre-season training, according to some sources.
Nevertheless, if Steve Cooper does strike for Warrington, it appears West Ham will pursue Blackburn forward Brereton Diaz instead, as David Moyes seeks to strengthen his left-sided attacking options.
Frank Lampard is expected to be alerted if Nottingham Forest do force West Ham to contact Blackburn.
Everton are also interested in the Chilean international, who is valued at 15 million.
Brereton Diaz put his name up in the spotlight last season, scoring 22 goals in 37 Championship appearances, while also becoming a hero for Chile.
Given the fact that he is just 23, six years younger than Lingard, we think he would be a better match for Moyes.
Although he would not be free, Brereton Diaz will not demand the salary Lingard demands.
If Nottingham Forest agrees to a contract for Lingard, make sure to keep an eye on this situation.