Reports from the Manchester Evening News claim Newcastle are looking to bring in Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.
The Englishman’s contract runs out in June, so a loan fee would be one of the likely ways they could get a fee for him.
The Magpies would look to cover the majority of his wage bill too. However, Lingard would prefer a move to London. Football.London has reported Tottenham have made contact over the midfielder. West Ham (who he had a loan spell at last season) have interest too according to the Daily Star.
Lingard has an ankle injury, so isn’t in the squad for the clash with Brentford. From a Manchester United perspective, you have to think does it make more sense to let him go to Newcastle? The Magpies are currently in a relegation scrap, while both Tottenham and West Ham are battling it out with them to attain a top four finish.
The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope has provided an update on the situation, backing up claims that Eddie Howe’s side are keen. However, he states that the Red Devils are ‘reluctant to let him go’.
If his last loan stint is anything to go by, Lingard would provide a boost in midfield
When he was on loan for the second half of last season at West Ham, Lingard really impressed. In East London, he provided nine goals and four assists in 16 appearances.
Some fans will be very excited about the possibility of the loan move. The arrival of Lingard could add a new dynamic to the midfield. Joelinton is a man reborn in the middle of the park, but aside from that the other midfield options are underwhelming.
Joe Willock hasn’t looked the same since joining permanently last summer. Jonjo Shelvey has been very hot and cold and Isaac Hayden has looked off the pace before sustaining an injury last month.
At West Ham, Lingard looked a real handful. In the system that manager David Moyes played, Lingard was able to attack and roam into the box. He even netted a penalty against the Toon Army in a match that saw Newcastle win 3-2 thanks to a late strike from Willock.
Newcastle should definitely look to get Lingard in on loan. He’s proven in the Premier League and would give the Magpies’ midfield some much-needed flair. The thought of him and Joelinton pulling strings in the midfielder is an exciting prospect.
For the financial juggernaut that is PIF, putting in a loan fee similar to West Ham’s last season would be pocket change. Some fans will be very excited at the thought of this deal and why wouldn’t they? Lingard has shown his quality in recent times and could push Newcastle in the right direction for survival.