The cost of lodging and transport for Jesse Lingard’s disappointing trial stay at West Ham came to thousands of pounds.
The former Manchester United midfielder was training with the club earlier this month, according to Hammers manager David Moyes, who also expressed optimism about the 30-year-old receiving a short-term deal from the team. His West Ham trial is thought to have lasted six weeks in total.
However, no deal was made, and Lingard finished his stay there before starting to train with Al-Ettifaq of the Saudi Pro League. They are the team under Steven Gerrard’s management, and as a result of their ambitious spending this summer, players including Jordan Henderson, Moussa Dembele, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Demarai Gray have joined.
Prior to joining the Hammers as a trialist, Lingard spent time training with two MLS clubs. However, DC United – managed by Wayne Rooney – did not take up the option to sign the former England international while Inter Miami also passed up on the opportunity to sign him.
Lingard was released by Nottingham Forest at the end of June following one season at the City Ground. The former England international starred for the Hammers during a loan spell in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign, when he scored nine goals in 16 appearances.