Former Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Paddy Kenny feels Jesse Lingard will move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window.
Lingard, 29, is currently stagnating at Manchester United. Promised more game time by former Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has warmed the bench all season. The arrival of Ralf Rangnick has done nothing to improve his situation, with just 88 minutes of league football in 2021-2022.
A similar situation 12 months ago ended when West Ham took the England ace on a six-month loan. His nine goals and four assists helped the Hammers qualify for Europe with a sixth-place finish.
The Magpies are operating at the other end of the standings. But their need is equally as important as Eddie Howe tries to plot a course away from the relegation zone.
He has already brought in Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier, with many names linked to St James’ Park. Lingard is one but there are problems over his move north.
United want any suitor to take the Warrington-born ace on a permanent deal. But the Tynesiders’ precarious position means he favours just a loan move.
And Kenny acknowledged that it is a tough situation for those involved.
“It’s a catch 22 for Newcastle,” he told Football Insider. “I understand why Lingard would only want to go on loan considering the bleak situation at Newcastle.
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“That’s just the player protecting himself and I have no real problem with that. But if Man United are only going to sell him then there is nothing that can be done unless another team comes in for him.”
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Rangnick spoke to the media on Friday and made it clear there are many possibilities for Lingard.
“Regarding Jesse, it’s the same as quite a few other players,” he said. “He’s a really good player, it’s normal at other clubs, Newcastle showed interest in him but I am not the one dealing with that.
“If you ask me now what will happen in the next 10 days I cannot answer that question, I’m afraid.”
West Ham have also been linked but Kenny does not see that move happening. He feels the north-east outfit might win the day if they display the brinkmanship required to land their target.
He added: “I don’t think he will go to West Ham, why would Man United strengthen a rival?
“So maybe if this goes into the last days of the window we could see some movement. That wouldn’t surprise me, priorities change very quickly in football.
“Lingard would be a brilliant signing and in all honesty, I can see him at Newcastle.”