Newcastle targeting loan deal for Jesse Lingard
Newcastle are hoping to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the season, according to the MEN.
With the England international out of contract at the end of the season, a loan in the January transfer window may represent United’s last chance of landing a small fee for the 29-year-old.
The MEN state that the Magpies would cover the entirety of Lingard’s £100,000 per week wages for the duration of his United contract.
United obtained a £1.5million loan fee from West Ham for Lingard last January.
United’s number 14, who has been ruled out of tonight’s clash against Brentford with an ankle injury, is yet to decide on whether to join the relegation strugglers, and is still believed to favour return to London.
Lingard was rejuvenated during his loan spell at West Ham for the second half of last season. He scored nine goals and made five assists from 16 Premier League matches.
David Moyes’ side are likely to want to bring Lingard back to the Hammers and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham have also been credited with an interest.
But those two London sides are two direct rivals to Manchester United in the quest for Champions League qualification. A move to either of those two clubs would strengthen their top-four pursuit.
West Ham wanted to sign Lingard in the summer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered him assurances that he would receive game time back at United and therefore didn’t sanction a sale.
The Norwegian failed to deliver on that promise and Lingard’s prospects haven’t improved since Ralf Rangnick has arrived at the club.
Lingard is yet to start a Premier League this season and his only starts have come in the Carabao Cup and a Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys.
With Lingard’s chances of getting game time at Old Trafford unlikely to improve over the coming months, a move to Newcastle will enable him to get some much-needed minutes.
If he has a similar impact to what he had at West Ham, a wealth of clubs are likely to come calling when he is a free agent.
With the 2022 World Cup 10 months away, Lingard, who missed out on the European Championships, cannot afford to write off the next four months.
There is every chance that Jesse Lingard may have played his last game in a Manchester United shirt.
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