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Jesse Lingard is a free agent after being released by Nottingham Forest.

The former Manchester United midfielder signed a one-year deal with the City Ground club last summer, in a move that surprised many following links with a return to West Ham – where he previously starred on loan.

But his move to Forest didn’t work out as he made only 20 appearances for the club, and managed just two goals and two assists.

And he has now been released by Forest at the end of his contract.

The Premier League confirmed their retained list today, with Lingard among the number of players set to leave at the end of the current season.

“Six senior players’ contracts have come to an end: Andre Ayew, Cafu, Jack Colback, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Smith and Lyle Taylor,” the statement read.

“Six academy players will also depart the club as they embark on fresh chapters ahead of the 2023/24 season: Billy Fewster, Alex Gibson-Hammond, Ryan Hammond, Nicky Hogarth, Adnan Kanuric and Lewis Salmon.

“The club would like to thank each player for their contributions during their time at The City Ground.

“Serge Aurier has triggered an automatic one-year extension to his contract, whilst our three loan players, Keylor Navas, Dean Henderson and Renan Lodi have returned to their parent clubs.

“Chris Wood’s loan deal from Newcastle United will become permanent from the summer transfer window open date.”

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