Newcastle United could reportedly face competition from West Ham to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United.

The midfielder seems set to leave Old Trafford in January, with reports stating he could cost as little as £10million.

That would make him a bargain signing for Newcastle. It was reported by the Telegraph shortly after the takeover that Lingard could be one of the new owners’ first signings.

On top of that, his representatives were at St James’ Park when Newcastle faced Tottenham last month.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

However, the Northern Echo claim that West Ham could also make a move for Lingard.

That could be an issue for Newcastle, as the London Stadium is a much more attractive move right now for Lingard.

They’re performing brilliantly, and the 28-year-old has history with West Ham after last season’s sensational loan spell.

But could Newcastle’s poor form compared to the flying West Ham actually help the Magpies in this transfer battle?

The strange advantage Newcastle could have in Lingard chase

As it stands, West Ham are third in the Premier League. They’re currently six points ahead of Manchester United who sit in sixth.

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Both clubs will have aspirations of qualifying for next year’s Champions League. But for the Red Devils, it’s a necessity following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Therefore, will Man United really want to strengthen a direct rival in January?

We’ve already seen what Lingard can do in a West Ham shirt. Last season he recorded 14 goal contributions in 16 Premier League games for the Hammers.

In contrast, Newcastle are nowhere near challenging for Europe. Their big task is survival.

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Therefore, could Manchester United be more inclined to do business with the Magpies?

This could be a strange instance where our poor form actually helps us in the transfer market.

So if we do manage to sign Lingard because of this, perhaps we’ll owe a big thank you to Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley…or perhaps not.

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