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Former Magpie: Lingard right to choose Irons over Toon

Former Newcastle star Steve Howey believes Jesse Lingard made the right choice when snubbing the club for West Ham.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce was chasing the Hammers loanee from Manchester United but missed out as David Moyes capitalised on his relationship with the recalled England star.

But former United defender Howey doesn’t believe it would have helped his ex club too much had Lingard travelled north instead of south.

Lingard was reported to be the club’s top target during the final days of the the window but Bruce turned out to be a loser.

And there’s always the chance that the 28 year old midfielder will rub even more salt in Newcastle wounds when the Hammers arrive in the north east to play them in a couple of weeks time.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon