Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard insists on a loan move to Newcastle United ahead of 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 deterred by the Red Devils’ staggering demands for the temporary conversion.
United wanted his wages to be covered along with a loan fee of £ 2.5 million. On top of that, they demanded a solid £ 12 million 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 ahead of the 23:00 deadline.
Lingard had a huge loan spell at West Ham United at the end of last season. The English international team scored nine goals and five goals from just 16 matches.
Despite this, he stayed with the Red Devils during the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear that he did not want to lose him, even though he was in the last year of his contract.
The decision was not worth it for the player or the club. While his transfer rating decreased significantly, he barely played with just 278 minutes from 14 games.
Lingard would ideally want to ensure a permanent cut-off, but he is wary of committing himself to the Magpies as they face the relegation threat despite winter spending.
West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur is also credited with an interest, but the Red Devils are unlikely to entertain bid as the London duo are their direct Champions League opponents.
With Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo on loan and Mason Greenwood suspended, Lingard could receive more minutes in the coming months, but he could largely appear off the bench.
Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are still ahead of him in the rankings. It remains to be seen whether the £ 75,000 per week star will fulfill his wish.
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