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'It's looking increasingly likely': Sky Sports reporter shares update on 'top class' Newcastle target

Newcastle United have been incredibly busy in the January transfer window.

The Magpies succeeded in getting the Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood deals over the line.

However, with 10 days left of the window, a third signing continues to elude Newcastle.

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The Magpies are reportedly still in talks over Diego Carlos, but it’s proving a difficult deal.

Jesse Lingard has also been linked with a move to Newcastle.

Earlier this week, The Telegraph reported that the Magpies made a second loan bid for the Manchester United attacker.

Newcastle had apparently tried their luck with a £12million offer to sign him permanently.

However, they were reportedly told that Lingard would only consider a temporary move.

Now, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has provided a further update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Lingard.

“Newcastle continue to push hard to sign Lingard, but as yet can’t agree a deal with Man Utd,” he said (21/1/22, 17:12).

“Talks continued into the night as Newcastle tried to get a loan deal sorted in time for him to play against Leeds. That hasn’t materialised.

“United are thought to favour a permanent move, I wonder whether a loan suits Lingard and Newcastle a bit more.

“He can try to keep them up but if he doesn’t, they’re not committed to his wages in the Championship.

“On the flip side, if Lingard signs permanently and they go down, where does it leave him?

“It’s looking increasingly likely Newcastle would have to make quite a substantial offer not only to United but to Lingard himself to get this over the line.”

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Can Newcastle get their hands on “stunning” Lingard?

Lingard has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this season, with just two starts from 14 appearances.

His situation is wholly different to the second half of last season, where he shone on loan at West Ham.

Lingard was superb in London, registering nine goals and five assists from 16 games.

“A stunning performance again, with two more goals,” Alan Shearer wrote of him last April after a 3-2 win over Leicester. “Can anyone stop him?”

Back in May, Bruno Fernandes hailed his clubmate’s efforts on loan at West Ham.

“If you see Jesse, I think Jesse, at the moment, if you watch the last 10 games, has been top, top, top level,” he told United’s club website.

“For me, if you watch the last 10 games, he’s been the best player in the Premier League, scoring and assists in every game.”

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