Newcastle are back in the transfer race for Jesse Lingard following his Manchester United exit this summer, a report has claimed.
The midfielder is a free agent after ending his long Old Trafford career on a sour note. Having revived his career with a loan move to West Ham in the 2020/21 season, he moved back up north full of optimism.
However, Lingard again struggled for game time at Man Utd and could not get a move away in January.
Newcastle were one of Lingard’s strongest suitors in the winter, but the Red Devils priced them out of a deal.
In recent weeks, Everton and Tottenham have subsequently emerged as some of the reported frontrunners for Lingard.
But the Sunday Mirror now reports that Newcastle still fancy their chances of snapping the 29-year-old up.
The Magpies have made contact with Lingard’s management team and are discussing a potential deal.
Those talks remain in their infancy, with nothing advanced with any of Lingard’s transfer suitors as it stands.
Elsewhere, the latest report claims that West Ham have failed with a Lingard wage offer, which fell short of the England international’s hopes.
Across the continent, AC Milan and Roma are keeping tabs on the Premier League interest. They could yet offer Lingard the chance to follow fellow England internationals Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham to Italy.
Newcastle eye Lingard transfer
Back at Newcastle, boss Eddie Howe has bolstered his defence with former Lille defender Sven Botman.
Meanwhile, left-back Matt Targett has turned his loan move from Aston Villa into a permanent deal.
Howe is now looking for fresh reinforcements in other areas of the pitch. Attack is a priority, with a striker and wide attacker wanted, but midfield is also an area of concern.
Lingard can play both out wide in attack and as an advanced midfielder, hence the Magpies’ long-term interest.
Midfielder needs fresh start
Lingard has had a tough last few years of his career, with his standout West Ham spell sandwiched in between.
The midfielder is now free to choose his options without having to think about a current contract he is running down.
On the flipside, he will want to have a big say in pre-season with whichever club he chooses to sign for.
He would be welcome in the Premier League and would be an exciting proposition at Everton, working under former attacking midfielder Frank Lampard in recovering the club’s fortunes.
Lingard may struggle for Tottenham game time amid their numerous midfield and attacking options.
But Newcastle would be another strong option for the Englishman and he needs to think carefully about his choice.