Newcastle rejected by Manchester United in their move to Jesse Lingard on loan
Newcastle turned down in move to loan Jesse Lingard to Manchester United, wary of weakening their team amid Covid threat – but Magpies could make a breakthrough if they offer compensation to keep the 29-year-old for the rest of the season to land
- Jesse Lingard’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season
- The 29-year-old is wanted by Newcastle to avoid relegation
- But United are happy to keep him as a team player for their campaign
Newcastle wants to loan Jesse Lingard, but encounters resistance from Manchester United.
Sportsmail understands an initial approach has been rejected and United would prefer to keep the 29-year-old as a team player for the remainder of the season, despite his contract expiring in the summer.
Lingard will likely prefer a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer, which will allow him to keep his options open. And if Newcastle were to return with a significant loan fee, the deal could move.
Newcastle wants to loan Jesse Lingard from Manchester United for the rest of the season
United could consider letting Lingard leave if Newcastle offered a loan
However, sources say United are reluctant to lose players amid the threat of declining numbers from Covid-19.
They are also aware that Lingard is performing well for a Premier League rival, as he did last season when he scored nine goals for West Ham from January.
In that regard, Newcastle’s bottom three position could make United more willing to do business. West Ham will retain a stake in the England forward, as will Tottenham and clubs in Spain and Italy.
Toon boss Eddie Howe wants to bolster his side in their fight to avoid relegation
But Newcastle are desperate for reinforcements who have only won once all season. They would be willing to pay Lingard’s full salary and offer first-team football in a World Cup year.
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s team is still planning to fly to Saudi Arabia after this weekend’s trip to Leeds.
The warm weather training camp awaits final signing, but players and staff are sorting visas for the mid-season break in Jeddah.