Despite Everton and Tottenham's interest, Jesse Lingard appears to be on the verge of joining Nottingham Forest.
Well, West Ham have also been attempting to sign the England international this summer, although he appears set to join Steve Cooper at the City Ground in what is a surprising move.
Everton and Lingard have made contact, as Antonio Conte is planning to sign the 29-year-old free agent.
Nottingham Forest is offering a contract worth 200,000 a week for the Warrington-born attacker, which is remarkable for a newly promoted club to pay for one player.
Despite their first season in the Premier League, the Championship play-off winners display a lot of drive.
Lingard was offered 150,000 a week by the Times to return to east London, where he scored nine goals in just 16 Premier League appearances in the 2020/21 season.
The Hammers were concerned about how it would affect their wage structure. The Manchester United Academy graduate would have been the highest earner at the London Stadium ahead of Kurt Zouma, who earns 120,000 a week.
Nevertheless, David Moyes does not have to worry about that anymore.
The Toffees and Spurs were obviously interested in signing Lingard, but they should not worry about missing out on him for 200,000 days.
Had Frank Lampard or Conte agreed to pay what Nottingham Forest is spending, it would have surely sparked much discontent among the squad, with many potentially approaching the managers door and asking for pay raises.
Nottingham Forest has the financial resources to do this, although the majority of their squad will likely conclude that Lingard is significantly superior to the majority of them, with all due respect.
Despite the fact that many Everton or Tottenham players would have been pleasantly surprised to see a player who made only two Premier League starts last season get a lower salary.