Manchester United duo Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson were the subject of interest from Newcastle United on transfer deadline day.
The Magpies had pursued Lingard, who is out of contract in June, throughout January, but United’s insistence on having a survival bonus included in the loan deal meant that Newcastle cooled their interest.
But the Toon Army’s Saudi-led consortium made a late push for United’s number 14, who had received Ralf Rangnick’s blessing to leave.
However, a move failed to materialise with Mason Greenwood’s absence playing a factor in the United hierarchy choosing to block any move away from Old Trafford, much to Lingard’s dismay.
After hitting back at Rangnick’s comments that he was absent from the penalty shootout defeat against Middlesbrough due to being given time off to clear his head, the 29-year-old is expected to return to the squad for tonight’s trip to Burnley.
Eddie Howe’s side are also in action tonight and could face Donny van de Beek if Frank Lampard hands him his Everton debut.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the former Bournemouth manager was asked about the club’s failed pursuit of Lingard.
Howe told Chronicle Live: “Jesse Lingard is a player I have always admired.
“And that’s probably the best thing to say.”
However, it was a different story when asked about the club’s rumoured interest in Dean Henderson.
The Manchester Evening News reported on the penultimate day of the winter window that Newcastle were working on a loan deal for the 24-year-old.
The one-time England international, who is yet to play in the Premier League this season, made just his third appearance of the season in Friday’s shootout defeat to Boro.
But speaking to talkSPORT ahead of tonight’s clash against Frank Lampard’s Toffees, Howe said there was “no truth” in Newcastle’s reported interest in Henderson.
Presenter Jim White asked Howe about the Henderson to Newcastle rumours, but the Magpies boss poured cold water on the links.
“There was no truth in any of those rumours,” Howe said.
After getting knocked out of the FA Cup, it’s hard to envisage Henderson playing again this season barring an injury to David de Gea.
But Newcastle are likely to approach Lingard’s representatives about a free transfer move, in the summer, should they retain their Premier League status.
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