Man Utd deal late blow to Newcastle as they refuse Lingard departure

Date published: Monday 31st January 2022 6:20 - Jason Soutar

Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates a goal

According to reports, Jesse Lingard has been told by Man Utd that he will not leave on deadline day amid interest from Newcastle United and West Ham.

One of the longest-running transfer sagas of the January window has taken another twist after David Ornstein revealed the Red Devils’ desire to keep hold of the midfielder.

Lingard has been heavily linked with Newcastle and West Ham. He enjoyed a terrific loan spell at the Hammers during the second half of last season.

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Earlier on deadline day, it was reported that the Magpies are “pushing” to sign the England international after a deal for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike fell through.

Furthermore, Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope claimed the north east club had made a fresh loan offer to sign Lingard.

Hope wrote on Twitter: “Understand NUFC have offered a £3m loan fee + £4m survival bonus for Jesse Lingard & are waiting for MUFC response.”

However, he will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford this month, as per Ornstein, despite interim manager Ralf Rangnick giving Lingard his blessing to leave on a temporary basis.

Ornstein wrote for The Athletic: “Jesse Lingard has been told by Manchester United he will not be able to leave ahead of tonight’s deadline.

The Athletic reported earlier on Monday that Ralf Rangnick had given Lingard his blessing to leave on loan.

“Rangnick is understood to have met with Lingard at United’s Carrington training ground this morning and backed his wish to depart in search of regular first-team football and return to the England reckoning ahead of the Qatar World Cup.

“However, despite interest from Newcastle United and West Ham United, Lingard will now not be allowed to depart Old Trafford. Both clubs are thought to have lodged improved and new proposals for the midfielder.”

Lingard has not started a Premier League match for Man Utd since New Year’s Day 2020. He has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season.

His only starts this term have come in a Champions League draw against Young Boys and the Carabao Cup third-round defeat at home to West Ham.

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