Newcastle's move for Lingard stalled by Manchester United

20/01/2022; 12:06 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Lingard’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and the Red Devils will be willing to do business.

The winter transfer market is gradually winding to a close, and Newcastle United still have targets they’re chasing. The club is deep in the relegation battle sitting 19th on the log, one point above bottom-placed Burnley.

The wealthiest club in England is disturbed with thea of playing in the Championship next season and are pulling out the stops to ensure they avoid the drop. The arrival of a new manager Eddie Howe has done little to ameliorate the situation, but the club is unrelenting in pursuit of its goals.

The high-profile players have been hard to get, and the Saudi-backed club is looking for players with enough pedigree to dig them out of the mire. The club may possess what looks like a limitless purse, but they are bent on not allowing selling clubs to take advantage of them.

In pursuit of Lingard

Last winter, Jesse Lingard went on loan to West Ham United to kick-start his career and boost the odds of making the England team to the Euros. The England international returned to Old Trafford after a successful loan spell with the hammers. The expectation for Lingard was that he would get more playing time at Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did him in by not fulfilling promises made. The midfielder has only played 273 minutes for Manchester United this season.

Lingard will become a free agent in the summer, but the England international expects to move soon. Despite his contract expiring in the summer, Lingard is interested in moving in January and could consider Newcastle. If the terms are OK for his long-term future, Lingard is willing to accept the offer. Lingard is sure that he will get enough playing time at Newcastle, and it won’t feel strange as his close friend Kieran Trippier has joined the club. However, Manchester United are willing to keep the player until the end of the season, as per Sports Mole.

It’s all about the money

After the Saudi Arabian-led takeover of Newcastle United, the belief in many quarters is that they are the latest cash cow ready to be milked. Despite their seeming unlimited financial resources, the new owners are not keen to throw money at every problem that rears its head. They are stifling the urge to pay humongous amounts for every single transfer they conclude.

With relegation staring the club in the face, Newcastle is looking for bargain buys that can impact the club positively and drag them out of the relegation mire. Jesse Lingard falls into that category, and Newcastle is keen to exploit the situation.

With Jesse Lingard set to leave as a free agent in the summer, Manchester United will not want to lose him for free and are ready to do business with Newcastle. The Red Devils are willing to accept a reduced fee for the English international. Manchester United may let him go on loan for the rest of the season to take his salary off their books.

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