Reported Newcastle United transfer target Jesse Lingard could be available for as little as £15m in the January transfer window, if he doesn’t sign a new Manchester United contract, according to a new report.
Since returning to Old Trafford in the summer following an impressive six-month loan spell at West Ham, Lingard has been restricted to substitute appearances in the Premier League and Champions League.
His only start so far this season came in the Carabao Cup defeat to his former club.
Despite coming off the bench to score against the Magpies, the Hammers and assisting Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-gasp Champions League winner against Villarreal, Lingard remains on the periphery of the Manchester United team.
His chances of breaking into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting lineup are going to become even harder now his good friend Marcus Rashford has returned from shoulder surgery.
With his contract expiring in June, the Sun are reporting that Manchester United could let him go for a cut-price £15m in January if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
The Telegraph reported over the weekend that Newcastle have discussed signing Lingard from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Lingard a great signing for Newcastle
The 28-year-old is proven in the Premier League and as he showed at the London Stadium, if he is given regular game time he will thrive.
He struck up a great partnership with the likes of Michail Antonio, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.
He could be as equally devastating with Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock.
It’s very unlikely that Lingard’s situation at Manchester United is going to improve. The 28-year-old is competing against Bruno Fernandes for his favoured position, in behind the striker.
He could make that position his own at St James’ Park and with a World Cup just over a year away, Lingard isn’t going to want to agonisingly miss out on another major tournament like he did at the Euros.
Signing Lingard for £15m in January could be a bargain and he would be an asset to whoever is in charge to lead Newcastle into the new era.