Jesse Lingard appears to be pricing himself out of a move to Newcastle United this summer.
The Manchester United midfielder is once again a target for the Magpies, after a move failed to materialise in January.
Both the player and the club were keen to complete a deal, but the Red Devils priced Lingard out of a move to the North East. Now it appears the 29-year-old is doing it to himself.
The Telegraph report that the England international wants to earn more than £150,000-a-week at St James’ Park. He also wants a ‘huge’ signing on fee, which is no surprise given he’s about to become a free agent.
Lingard is looking to almost double his weekly earnings at Newcastle. He currently collects £80,000-a-week at Man United according to the Times.
While he is in a position to command a huge sum, it appears it could put Newcastle off.
Jesse Lingard to Newcastle is now ‘extremely unlikely’ due to wage demands
The Telegraph state the Lingard is now ‘extremely unlikely’ to join Newcastle this summer. That’s quite surprising, as it felt like one of the more simpler deals for Eddie Howe’s side to complete.
Howe is a big fan of Lingard and is keen to add him to his squad. But he’s not worth smashing the wage structure for. While he’s a talented player, he turns 30 in December and has spent most the season on the Man United bench.
It’s no shock to see a player with an expiring contract command huge wages. They’re looking to capitalise on the fact clubs don’t need to spend a transfer fee on them.
But a deal in excess of £150,000-a-week is ridiculous. That would make him Newcastle’s highest earner.
That honour currently belongs to Bruno Guimaraes, who reportedly takes home £120,000-a-week.
At the moment, it looks like wage demands will cost Lingard a move to Newcastle.