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Big Lingard hurdle

Jesse Lingard has become Newcastle’s top target in the January transfer window, according to a report from The Times.

The newspaper claims that the recently-minted strugglers have placed the Manchester United man at the top of their shortlist of potential acquisitions under new boss Eddie Howe.

Newcastle are almost certain to spend in January as they look to buy their way out of relegation trouble and that could mean a huge swoop for Lingard, who has long been seen as a Hammers target at the turn of the year too.

The Magpies are said to have held talks with Lingard’s representatives and are willing to make him the highest earner in the club’s history with a wage well in excess of Miguel Almiron’s £100,000-per-week.

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They are also willing to pay a big transfer fee, even though Lingard’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Lingard is said to be concerned by Newcastle’s form, for his part, although they did win their first game of the season at the weekend, beating Burnley 1-0 to move within three points of safety.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Big Lingard hurdle

  1. There’s only one place Jesse is heading for in January. This time it will be a permanent deal instead of a 6 month loan.

  2. Although this article is pure speculation, if Lingard does choose Newcastle over West Ham then it will purely be a financial decision and I will lose all respect for him as a footballer

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