Jesse Lingard joins surprise club after failed stint at Nottingham Forest

Ravel Morrison (R) celebrates with Jesse Lingard after scoring Manchester United's first goal.

Ravel Morrison (R) celebrates with Jesse Lingard after scoring Action Images / Carl Recine

Jesse Lingard has made a surprise move to South Korea to join FC Seoul.

The Manchester United academy graduate, who was once tipped for a stellar career at Old Trafford, was without a club since the end of last season. He left Nottingham Forest last summer after a disappointing spell under Steve Cooper.

The 31-year-old has now completed a move to FC Seoul, having reportedly signed a two-year deal with the K League 1 club, with the option for a further year.

As per the Manchester Evening News, the England international is set to earn £17,500 per week in South Korea. That’s quite a drop from his £180,000-per-week wage at Forest.

The Englishman received “many offers” in recent times but he chose to join the Seoul-based outfit for a new football experience.

“I’ve always wanted a different challenge and to create new memories in my career,” Lingard said (via BBC). “I believe South Korea is the perfect place for that.”

Seoul will be the eighth club of Lingard’s career. The versatile forward made 232 appearances for United and departed his boyhood club in 2022 after winning the FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League.