Newcastle United could yet get their hands on Jesse Lingard this month, despite talks for the Manchester United man seemingly breaking down in the last few days.
It’s been widely reported that Man United have been asking for a huge loan fee for Lingard. It’s believed the Red Devils want around £12m, in addition to Lingard’s wages being covered in full. This has led to Newcastle almost walking away from the deal. Lingard himself is said to be frustrated with matters.
However, all hope might not be lost for Newcastle here. That’s according to Sky Sports’ transfer reporter Dharmesh Sheth anyway, who told Sky Sports last night that a deal for Lingard might yet still happen.
‘You can never say never. You can’t categorically say that this deal is off. The reason that it broke down initially was because of the details of the loan fee that Manchester United were after. Manchester United’s argument is that if Jesse Lingard keeps Newcastle in the league, that could be worth £60-70m to them,” Sheth said live on air last night.
“When you get to this stage, the word ‘brinkmanship’ comes to mind. And on deadline day, that could still happen. When players will go to their clubs and say let me go. Then you get the two clubs negotiating again. This one could could go until the last minute still.”
The Magpies are currently in Saudi Arabia on a warm weather training camp. The club are expected to announce the signing of Bruno Guimaraes this weekend. The Brazilian will become the club’s third signing of the winter.
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Monday is going to be hectic for the Magpies. You can just tell. They seem to have fingers in so many pies that surely someone will be coming through the door at St James’ Park.
Lingard, though, is the main man they want. He’s proven at this level and his form with West Ham last term was exceptional. That alone should be convincing Newcastle.
However, they are right to back down from United’s demands. They are ludicrous. But as time ticks on, and Lingard pushes for a move, the walls might begin to crumble at Old Trafford.
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