Newcastle United enjoyed a fruitful January transfer window overall.
The Magpies got five signings over the line, strengthening throughout the ranks.
Kieran Trippier was Newcastle’s first January signing, then Chris Wood followed him at St James’ Park.
The Magpies had to wait a while for their third new recruit, but then three came in a short space of time.
First Bruno Guimaraes joined Newcastle, then Matt Targett and Dan Burn followed on deadline day.
However, the Magpies failed to get their hands on Jesse Lingard despite a late push.
David Ornstein claimed Newcastle improved their offer for the Manchester United man on Monday morning.
Indeed, Lingard reportedly spoke to Ralf Rangnick requesting to leave, and the manager gave him his blessing.
However, United apparently decided later in the day that they were not going to allow him to move on.
Lingard, whose Red Devils contract expires in the summer, is eager for regular first-team football.
The £75,000-a-week ace wants to play his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of this year’s World Cup.
This season, Lingard has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford, with just two starts from 14 appearances.
“One thing that was quite interesting…”
Dean Jones has suggested that there were figures at the club who did not want Lingard to leave.
In addition, the transfer insider also claims that United were interested in adding a tax to the deal.
This would have seen Newcastle pay a large fee to the club if they had survived in the Premier League.
Jones also believes there’s “frustration all round” and that Lingard is “slightly aggrieved” he didn’t get his move.
“Jesse Lingard, there’s frustration all round on that one,” he told GiveMeSport.
“I know Jesse’s slightly aggrieved that he’s not got the move he wants.
“To be honest, I don’t think Rangnick had a problem with him going.
“I think it’s other people at the club that don’t want him to leave right now.
“And I did hear, one thing that was quite interesting, was that United were interested in adding a survival tax, whereby it would cost Newcastle a bit more if they ended up staying up with Jesse Lingard in the team.”
It’s a shame things turned out this way, but could Newcastle get their hands on a player Alan Shearer once described as “stunning” in the summer?
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