Newcastle are 'desperate to sign' 74-goal star at St James' Park

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Newcastle are “desperate” to sign Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Eddie Howe’s side tried to sign the England international in January, but the Red Devils were reluctant to let him leave and blocked a deadline day move to St James’ Park in the final hours of the window.

What happened in January?

Having played just one minute in Ralf Rangnick’s first eight top-flight matches in the Old Trafford dugout, just like 12 months earlier when he joined West Ham, Lingard was hoping for a loan move to improve his game-time.

Both Newcastle and the Hammers were heavily linked throughout the entire month, although the Toon Army looked the favourites, with United unlikely to sell to one of their main top four rivals.

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On deadline day, Lingard met with Rangnick in a bid to make ‘one final push’ to sign for the Magpies.

With Lingard, who has 74 career goals to his name, surplus to requirements, he was hoping to be granted permission to make the switch to Tyneside. However, as the 11pm deadline approached, United informed the 29-year-old that he wouldn’t be allowed to leave, and he was forced to stay with his boyhood club.

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But with Lingard now in the final few months of his contract at Old Trafford, Jones believes the Toon Army are still hoping to get his signature over the line once he becomes a free agent.

What did Jones say about Lingard?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m not convinced about Newcastle not being able to afford his wages. I’m sure they could find a way around that, they’re desperate to sign Jesse Lingard. I think it’s really a tug of war between the two.”

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How has Lingard performed this season?

Despite the occasional moment of brilliance, it’s generally been a wasted campaign for Lingard, who played a total of 548 minutes of first-team football and has just three Premier League starts to his name.

Lingard’s only notable contributions all came in the space of 18 days, scoring in consecutive top-flight games against Newcastle and then former club West Ham at the beginning of September, before he assisted Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner against Villarreal in the Champions League.

Overall, it’s been a season to forget for the United attacker, who’ll be hoping to put the last year behind him and kick on ahead of the World Cup.

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