Newcastle United have made a fresh move for Jesse Lingard and have offered Manchester United £10m to loan the England midfielder for the rest of the season, Newcastle and Man Utd have been locked in talks for most of January and as yet the two clubs have not come to agreement, but the Magpies have now made an offer that they expect to be accepted.
And while it is only a loan, it could technically see Lingard bring down the curtain on his United career as his contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer.
A loan would see Newcastle take over Lingard’s contract.
However, they would need to more than double his wages and make him the highest paid player at the club to get the deal done, as we revealed earlier this month.
Even if United accept Newcastle’s offer, the decision ultimately remains with Lingard and that is the real issue.
Lingard has already shunned interest from the likes of West Ham and Tottenham this month as he was looking to either earn a new deal at United or let his contract run out and see what the best option for him would be.
He will still be allowed to run down his deal, but Newcastle are hoping he will do so in the North East rather than North West.