As we move towards the end of January, Newcastle United F.C. and clubs across the Premier League are looking to secure transfer moves to help their chances down the stretch. On the other side, players that are struggling for minutes, like Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, are hopeful for a move away from their current club to find new life this season.
For Lingard, his stock at Man Utd has steadily declined. It took until the final match of the season, his 22nd EPL appearance, last year for him to register his first Premier League goal, and he tallied zero assists.
This season, he has played zero minutes in the Premier League for his longtime club, and has zero goals or assists in three total appearances. Now, a move away from Old Trafford appears to be on the cards with interest from Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, and West Ham United.
A report by The Daily Mail indicates that Lingard prefers a move to West Ham United over Newcastle and West Brom. The Hammers would need to do some additional business to make one of their two current domestic loan players before adding Lingard.
Typically, it’s not a good thing when a player prefers a different landing spot than your club. But, in this instance, Newcastle United may end up being thankful he wants to team up with David Moyes.
While Lingard is a talented player and Newcastle aren’t in a position to turn down too many talented players, his arrival at Tyneside would be underwhelming. He’s struggled to produce in recent years and carries a massive reported weekly wage.
Right now, if the Magpies can add a player, they need someone that can provide a spark to help get things turned around. By all recent indications, Lingard wouldn’t fit that bill. Not signing Lingard would allow the club flexibility to fill their two domestic loan spots with more promising, less expensive players. It will be worth watching if the West Ham move comes to fruition, but if it does, Newcastle supporters won’t be too upset that Lingard didn’t prefer becoming a Magpie.