Jesse Lingard has joined newly promoted Nottingham Forest as a free agent after signing a one-year contract on Thursday, after his contract expired at the end of June.

The 29-year-old midfielder completed a medical and will travel with Steve Cooper’s squad to Germany on Friday ahead of a pre-season friendly against Union Berlin the following day.

Lingard, who came through the United youth system and made 232 senior appearances, received interest from clubs in the UK and overseas but his preference was to stay in the Premier league

West ham United had opened talks to bring the England international back to east London after his successful loan spell in the second half of the 2020-21 season, while Everton also explored a move.

But Forest have won the race, further boosting their ranks as they continue an active summer in the transfer market following their promotion to the top flight.

Cooper’s side have so far brought in Taiwo Awoniyi, Neco Williams, Moussa Niakhate, Guilian Biancone, Omar Richards, Lewis O’Brien, Harry Toffolo, Brandon Aguilera and Wayne Hennessey, with Dean Henderson also arriving on loan from Manchester United.