Newcastle United had a quiet January transfer window.
The Magpies only added Joe Willock on loan, despite various different players being linked with a move to St James’ Park.
One player they missed out on was Jesse Lingard, who instead joined West Ham.
According to the Daily Mail, Steve Bruce wanted him on loan, but it was David Moyes who won the race to sign the 28-year-old.
After going so long without playing at Manchester United, the midfielder is certainly making up for lost time.
Since joining the Hammers, Lingard has scored three goals and provided one assist. All of this in just four Premier League appearances.
While Lingard is flying high with the Hammers near the top of the league, Steve Bruce’s side are fighting for their lives at the bottom.
Considering where both sides are in the table, Lingard’s decision was no surprise.
But could Newcastle revive their interest this summer? If they do, they’ll have to pay big money.
Future move for Lingard seems impossible for Newcastle
According to Eurosport, Manchester United want at least £20million for Lingard.
And the better Lingard plays, the more Manchester United can drive the price up.
If Newcastle want to bring him to St James’ Park, they’ll have to make him one of their most expensive signings ever.
That seems unlikely, amid reports that there’ll be limited money to spend if no takeover is completed.
Even if the money was available, would Newcastle really have a chance? Lingard is clearly enjoying himself at West Ham, who could be playing European football next season.
Plus, with the appeal of a permanent move to London, why would Lingard even consider a move to the north east?
Newcastle’s poor performances on the pitch cost them in the transfer market in January. And it’s likely to have the same impact this summer as well.
If Newcastle had been doing better, they’d have had a better chance at signing Lingard on loan. And in turn, they’d have had a better chance at making the deal permanent.
Instead, the Toon Army must watch on as a failed transfer target lights up the Premier League with West Ham.