Newcastle United have reportedly ended their pursuit of England international Jesse Lingard due to his financial demands being too high to fit into the club’s wage structure.
The Magpies were desperate to sign the 29-year-old on loan during the January transfer window, but refused to pay the £16million loan fee demanded by Manchester United.
Lingard was, however, forced to remain at United where he rarely featured – therefore it was expected that Newcastle boss Eddie Howe would rekindle his interest in the attacking midfielder this summer on a free transfer.
Newcastle United have reportedly ended their pursuit of England international Jesse Lingard
The Magpies were keen to sign the 29-year-old on loan during the January transfer window
It now appears unlikely that Lingard will join after pricing himself out of a move to the North East with wage demands in excess of £150,000-a-week, plus a huge signing-on fee, according to The Telegraph.
The report also states making Lingard the club’s highest paid player, when he will also turn 30 before the end of this year, is not as attractive to Newcastle as the loan move in January had been.
Had Lingard joined on loan in January and impressed, a permanent move would have made sense, but he has only started twice for United since then and made a few substitute appearances.
Lingard has only started twice for United since January and made a few substitute displays
Instead, Lingard could potentially head abroad rather than remain in the Premier League with Juventus, PSG and AC Milan all said to be interested.
West Ham United, where has he enjoyed an impressive loan spell last season, scoring nine goals in 16 matches to fire the Hammers to Europa League qualification – could also still express an interest.
Lingard, who scored 35 goals in 232 appearances for United, is believed to be unhappy over his treatment from the club.
West Ham, where Lingard enjoyed a loan spell last season, could also express an interest
Lingard turned down loan moves last summer after being given assurances over his first-team opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but only made one start before the Norwegian was sacked in November.
The academy product has been given a further three starts by interim boss Ralf Rangnick after Newcastle pulled out of a deal to sign him in January when United demanded a £2.5million loan fee and £12.5m bonus if Eddie Howe’s side stayed up.
Lingard’s brother Louie Scott hit out at United on social media this week, branding the club ‘classless’ for denying the England international an Old Trafford farewell before he leaves.
Jesse Lingard (left) was left on the bench for Manchester United’s win over Brentford, with his brother Louie Scott posting a furious message on Instagram (right) after the game
The attacking midfielder was left on the bench for the last home game against Brentford while four other players who are set to go this summer – Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones – made an appearance.
Lingard is eager to play regular first-team football wherever he ends up to help him break back into the England squad before the World Cup at the end of the year.
He played a key role as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals in Russia four years ago, but missed out on Euro 2020 and last played for his country in October.