Newcastle United have been linked with a January move for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard was one of the first rumoured targets following the completion of the Saudi-backed takeover, with the Telegraph claiming that he could be one of the new Toon owners’ first signings.
Talk of Lingard to Newcastle hasn’t gone away, and now his price tag has seemingly been revealed.
Both the Sun and the Northern Echo claim that Manchester United want just £10million for the 28-year-old. His contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in the summer, so his current employers want to cash in during the January window.
That’s a bargain fee for a such a talented player. However, it may be a difficult deal for Newcastle to do despite their newfound wealth.
Can Newcastle compete with West Ham?
The Northern Echo state that West Ham are also interested in signing Lingard. This is where things could become difficult for Amanda Staveley and co.
Lingard has history with West Ham, spending the second half of last season on loan at the London Stadium. He was sensational in claret and blue, playing a big role as David Moyes’ side narrowly missed out on a top four finish.
In total, Lingard scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 Premier League appearances for West Ham.
It was a spell that rejuvenated his career, and nearly got him into Gareth Southgate’s European Championship squad.
Lingard was linked with a move back to West Ham in the summer, but was priced out of a departure.
Now Man United have lowered their asking price, which could open the door to a move away from Old Trafford.
And while Newcastle are filthy rich all of a sudden, they will still struggle to compete for some signings.
While the Magpies are battling relegation, West Ham are once again flying. Moyes’ side are currently third in the table, as well as performing positively in the Europa League.
When you compare the two, why on earth would Lingard choose Newcastle over West Ham?
He knows what to expect from Moyes. He knows the manager, he knows the players, he knows the system.
And he knows that if he performs well, he could go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
While he would get a big opportunity at St James’ Park, he wouldn’t be going into a settled environment like at West Ham.
Lingard would be a wonderful signing for Newcastle, but it’s hard to see how they can do this deal if West Ham are keen too.