Newcastle United have added two players to their ranks this month as PIF begin to flex their financial muscles at St James’ Park.
Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have become the first acquisitions of the new era but there is still plenty of work to be done before the window closes on January 31st.
Newcastle are facing difficulties in their bid to bring Diego Carlos to the northeast of England with Fabrizio Romano claiming on Thursday evening that a bid had been knocked back.
However, some early morning transfer news from West Ham insider – ExWHUEmployee – was a little more encouraging.
He provided an update on Jesse Lingard from West Ham’s point of view with the Irons interested in re-signing the England international this month.
His update came amid Newcastle’s bid to sign the attacking midfielder. However, after Craig Hope revealed that a move had been rebuffed, Ex seemed to be more upbeat about the Magpies’ hopes.
Indeed, he went as far as to suggest he was already on his way to link up with Eddie Howe’s men.
He said: “I have tried to get a clear answer on the Jesse Lingard situation. Rumours are that he is set to join Newcastle on loan after they agreed to match his £100k a week salary (and more) as well as paying a fee. Whereas Manchester United will not agree a deal with us due to being in competition with them for a Champions League spot.”
Newcastle have found life incredibly tricky in the transfer market this month and thus, the idea of a player being on the verge of joining will surely leave supporters elated.
However, when it’s someone of Lingard’s quality, they will only be more delighted.
The Toon Army saw the benefits of adding well in January last year when they welcomed Joe Willock to St James who was a roaring success.
He eventually became a permanent signing last summer after scoring a mightily impressive eight goals.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Lingard was also lighting up proceedings during a temporary stint at the Hammers.
His form in east London was immense, racking up nine goals and five assists in just 16 outings. It’s that type of form that has seen his stock and reputation increase with plenty of eyes now cast in his direction with the January window ongoing.
Lingard has only found the net on two occasions this term but has found regular minutes hard to come by. Therefore, a move elsewhere makes sense and Newcastle will be hoping he chooses them this winter.
If the rumours are true and he really is on his way to join the Magpies, supporters will be extremely pleased. This is a player who will add more vibrancy, personality and style to their forward line.