Report: Club think they have an 'amazing' player who could save Newcastle from relegation all on his own
It looks like Newcastle United will not be signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Magpies have been very interested in the Englishman, who was a superstar for West Ham United in the second half of last season. He returned to Old Trafford with the hope of regular game time, but that just hasn’t happened this season.
Newcastle tried to give Lingard a way out, but it looks Manchester United have made things extremely difficult for the Toon to get this deal over the line in the coming days.
That’s according to The Independent, who have shed light on what’s going on between the two clubs.
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Manchester United think Jesse Lingard can singlehandedly save Newcastle from relegation
Miguel Delaney revealed in his piece for the outlet that Manchester United are demanding a loan fee of £2.5 million and an additional £12 million bonus if Newcastle manage to stay up at the end of this season.
It has been claimed that United are arguing that agreeing to pay £12 million is worth it when you consider that Newcastle will make over £100 million if they retain their Premier League status.
Delaney has further claimed that Manchester United feel Lingard can keep Newcastle United in the Premier League ‘on his own’ after what he did for West Ham in the second half of last season.
Newcastle, however, are reluctant to agree to those terms at this moment in time.
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Lingard, labelled as ‘amazing‘ by Rio Ferdinand, is contracted to Manchester United and the bosses at Old Trafford can demand whatever they want for him.
However, it does seem like they are making this deal way too difficult for Newcastle to complete. A £12 million bonus for a player who will be a free agent in less than six months time seems slightly unreasonable.
Although, if Lingard comes in and goes on to do what he did with West Ham last season, Newcastle will surely stay up. That would be massive for them and their new project, which makes that £12 million fee look very small in comparison.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the coming days, but if this move collapses and Lingard has to sit on the bench at United for six more months, he’ll have every right to be upset with his current employers.
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