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Declan Rice has liked a tweet defending West Ham transfer Jesse Lingard for his summer "conduct".
Lingard, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United, was slammed by talkSPORT presenter Alex Crook for "disrespecting" Hammers fans by teasing a return to his former loan side.
"I think he’s turned into a bit of a soap opera and I don’t think some of his activity is befitting of a footballer who’s nearly 30 years of age," said Crook. "A lot of West Ham fans are quite frustrated with the way – I say he’s turned it into a drama, even posting last night on Instagram a picture of his private jet, ‘sooo excited’ but no real indication of where he was going.
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"A lot of players do it once it’s clear where their destination is. I think West Ham fans feel a bit disrespected by his conduct.
"Saying all this, he might yet change his mind and go and play for West Ham. It doesn’t look likely, and actually the West Ham fans that I’ve spoken to this morning are just sick to their back teeth of him."
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The comments prompted Charlie Austin to tweet in response: "Honestly let the lad be his own man and enjoy his summer! Seriously come on!"
Rice's account backed up the post by giving it a like. But it looks like he won't be playing alongside his fellow countryman next year. After West Ham failed to meet his wage demands, Nottingham Forest are now closing in on a move for Lingard.
Indeed, the Guardian have reported today that Forest are in advanced talks with the playmaker. They're set to break their wage structure to sign him.
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