United reject Everton move for Jesse Lingard as Newcastle talks halted
With speculation about Newcastle’s proposed move for Jesse Lingard continuing to mount, Manchester United have rejected an approach from Everton for the England international, The Athletic report.
Sky Sports reported last night that the Magpies had “given up hope” of signing Lingard on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The issue centred around the loan fee with Newcastle and United “a long way apart on this valuation”.
The Telegraph reports Lingard is ‘increasingly angered and exasperated’ as United play hard-ball over potential offers.
United have blocked enquiries from West Ham and Tottenham because the club do not want to strengthen a top-four rival.
The Athletic reported that Lingard’s proposed move to Tyneside was “on the verge of collapsing” despite holding direct talks with Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick yesterday, in which Lingard sought approval to leave, and the German gave his blessing.
Alongside West Ham and Spurs, reporter David Ornstein confirmed that Everton had also seen an approach for United’s number 14 rebuffed.
But with the transfer window drawing to a close and the inevitable twists and turns it brings, it seems Lingard’s proposed move to Newcastle isn’t “completely dead”, according to 90min.
With Lingard’s contract expiring in June and his long affiliation with Manchester United coming to an end, he’s keen to replicate a loan move in the same manner of last season.
After becoming a disillusioned figure under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, Lingard was reinvigorated following a loan spell at West Ham which brought nine goals and five assists from 16 Premier League games.
The Norwegian gave Lingard assurances he would feature more frequently this season, but those promises failed to materialise and his prospects haven’t improved under Rangnick.
Lingard, who hasn’t started a Premier League game all season, has played just 88 minutes of top-flight football so far this season.
His only starts have come in the Carabao Cup and a Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys.
His renaissance at West Ham saw him come back into consideration with Gareth Southgate’s England side.
But after agonisingly missing out on a place at the European Championships, Lingard isn’t willing to spend another four months on the side-lines with the Reds, which will jeopardise his World Cup prospects.
Similar to Anthony Martial, it doesn’t make any sense for Manchester United to keep a player that has played so little this season and has such a burning desire to leave the club.
It would be a surprise if Jesse Lingard is still a Manchester United player once the January transfer window slams shut.
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