An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard heading into the summer transfer window…
Journalist Dean Jones has revealed that PIF want to bring the £80k-per-week dynamo to St James’ Park if they can work out a way to afford his wages.
The England international reportedly met with Ralf Rangnick in an attempt to secure a switch to the Toon and was unsuccessful in his attempts as he remained at Old Trafford. However, he is now out of contract this year and will be available on a free transfer.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m not convinced about Newcastle not being able to afford his wages. I’m sure they could find a way around that, they’re desperate to sign Jesse Lingard. I think it’s really a tug of war between the two.”
The Magpies head coach would love Lingard at St. James’ Park as he is a proven Premier League performer who can slot straight into the team at the start of next season.
Throughout his career in the top flight, the 29-year-old has racked up 165 appearances and produced 29 goals and 17 assists. Nine of those goals and five of those assists came in a six-month loan spell with West Ham in 2020/21 as he showcased what he can do with regular minutes on the pitch.
He has also caught the eye of ex-players, with former Manchester United coach Michael Carrick previously hailing the midfielder, saying: “I think his movement is excellent. It’s something that sounds quite simple, but it’s difficult to defend against.
“He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a dribbler with skills and tricks but he’s dynamic. How he plays, he is unique in some ways. You don’t see so much of that now as everyone wants to get on the ball. Off the ball, he’s very effective.”
These comments illustrate how important Lingard can be to the team. He is willing to put the work in out of possession to benefit himself and his teammates, which means that he is not a player who would come in and be selfish and a detriment to the performances in order to shine as an individual.
That is why, along with his potential to score and assist goals, Howe would love him at Newcastle as he is a, proven, talented dynamo with a good work ethic to rely upon in matches.