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Jesse Lingard pushing for late Newcastle United loan move

Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard is pushing for a loan move to Newcastle United before the transfer deadline, The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims.

Lingard was the subject of loan interest from the Magpies earlier this month, but they were put off by the Red Devils’ staggering demands for the temporary switch.

United wanted his wages covered alongside a £2.5 million loan fee. They also demanded a hefty £12m if the Magpies avoided relegation from the Premier League.

The Magpies are still hopeful of negotiating a lower loan package. Lingard now wants interim boss Ralf Rangnick to help push through a move before the 11.00 pm deadline.

Our view:

Lingard had a terrific loan stint with West Ham United during the back end of last season, bagging nine goals and five assists from just 16 appearances.

Despite this, he stayed with the Red Devils over the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear that he did not want to lose him, although he was in the final year of his contract.

The decision has not proved worthwhile for the player or the club. While his transfer valuation has significantly reduced, he has hardly played with just 278 minutes from 14 games.

Lingard would ideally want to secure a permanent switch away, but he is wary of committing to the Magpies, considering they face the relegation threat despite the winter spending.

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been credited with an interest, but the Red Devils are unlikely to entertain bids as the London duo are their direct Champions League rivals.

With Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo loaned out and Mason Greenwood suspended, Lingard could receive more minutes in the coming months, but he may primarily feature off the bench.

Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are still ahead of him in the pecking order. It remains to be seen whether the £75,000-per-week star will be granted his wish.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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