A frustrating update arrived on Newcastle United’s January pursuit of Jesse Lingard late last night.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, his proposed loan move to St James’ Park is now ‘on the verge of collapse’ – despite the player being eager to leave Old Trafford this month.
Ornstein reports that the player is open to the move and even received Ralf Rangnick’s blessing to complete a move to Tyneside during talks with the Man Utd boss on Tuesday.
However, it’s believed Red Devils chiefs are demanding a huge loan fee that Newcastle deem to be ‘unacceptable’ – especially when the player has less than six months remaining on his deal at the club.
It’s said that Tottenham, West Ham and Everton have all had approaches rejected, and that our new owners will now move on to other attacking targets (Dele Alli?) after this latest blow.
A permanent move for the 29-year-old was talked up last week, however a reported £12m bid was immediately deemed a non-starter by The Telegraph, with the player keen to keep his options open now he’s set to become a free agent this summer.
We’ll have to hope Lingard pushes for a move now he’s stuck on the sidelines and being denied a move away due to Man Utd’s seemingly unreasonable demands…