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Newcastle ‘make decision’ on Jesse Lingard as Man Utd outcast’s exit plan takes shape

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Newcastle United are poised to turn their back on a summer swoop for Jesse Lingard, despite the Manchester United outcast’s availability on a free transfer. Reports indicate that the out-of-favour midfielder’s huge financial demands have put the Magpies off, as a switch to Serie A or West Ham looks increasingly likely. 

Lingard came close to a Tyneside switch in January, but Newcastle were not taken by United’s extortionate financial demands which would have taken the short-term loan deal up to £16million. Now safe, the Magpies are believed to be prioritising youth ahead of the summer transfer window. 

The Telegraph claim that a move for Lingard is therefore extremely unlikely amid demands of £150,000-a-week and a significant signing on fee. The player’s most likely next move is to West Ham or abroad, with plenty of reported interest from Italy. 

The likes of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham both took the same path last summer in moves which have paid dividends. 

With Premier League relegation a real possibility at the time, Newcastle opted for experience in January through the likes of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Dan Burn. Adding a huge earner like Lingard to the wage bill, who will turn 30 later this year, is evidently not seen as good business. 

It remains to be seen whether West Ham boss David Moyes would be willing to stump up that kind of cash, given that Lingard is tried and tested at the London Stadium. The Red Devils youth product had a successful loan spell last season, in which he bagged nine goals in 16 matches to fire the Hammers to the Europa League. 

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