Manchester United could be set to lose versatile forward Jesse Lingard over the coming months after he was linked with a move to Newcastle United.
The Magpies joined the financial elite of football after being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, and the new owners have already started identifying potential targets ahead of the January transfer window.
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle are interested in signing Lingard after an impressive 2021, with Toon chiefs already discussing a move for the 28-year-old.
The England international is believed to be keen to secure regular game time ahead of next year’s World Cup in Qatar and is weighing up a possible Old Trafford exit as a result, meaning a move to the North-East could well be on the cards.
News that Newcastle are considering making an offer for Lingard’s services will leave United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling concerned, given the player’s impressive form this calender year.
After seriously struggling to get back to his best following the 2018 World Cup, a short-term loan move to West Ham United back in January reinvigorated the creative talent.
In just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, Lingard scored nine goals and provided a further five assists for his teammates, playing a pivotal part as David Moyes’ charges finished in an incredible sixth position.
His magnificent displays saw Solskjaer reward him with another opportunity to impress at his boyhood club this season, but Lingard has found regular game time hard to come by in the opening weeks of the campaign.
The attack-minded star has started just one game this term and has only played 136 minutes of first-team football throughout 2021/22 despite scoring two goals and laying on an assist, opening the door to an imminent exit.
With Lingard’s current contract at United set to expire next summer, Newcastle could secure themselves a bargain deal over the winter window, leaving Solskjaer without one of his most efficient forwards as he attempts to secure his first piece of silverware as manager of the Old Trafford outfit.
If the possibility of a new deal is on the cards, news that another team are trying to lure him away from Old Trafford will no doubt leave the Norwegian coach worried. They should be trying to keep players like him.