MANCHESTER UNITED pariah Jesse Lingard is reportedly only ready to leave the club on loan as he nears the end of his contract at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to join Newcastle this month, although the player doesn’t want to join on a permanent basis.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Magpies are keen to lure the England international to St James’ Park before the end of the winter transfer window.
But while the player is open to a loan, he knows he will have plenty of offers if he cancels his contract at the Theater of Dreams.
The outlet also report on how Lingard plans to assess his future at the end of the campaign where he can take his time deciding his next permanent club.
United are, however, desperate to sell the England star on a cut-price deal to avoid losing him for nothing this summer.
Lingard enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at West Ham last season after joining in January 2021.
He has scored five goals and nine assists in 16 top-flight outings.
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Although his dazzling form failed to convince former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he deserved a place in his squad.
And now caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick has also barely used the versatile striker since taking over from Solskjaer in December.
In total, Lingard has been limited to just nine Premier League games this term, racking up just 88 minutes of action.
His last appearance came in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa earlier this month, where he played just a minute in his only league outing under Rangnick.
The German gaffer recently confirmed Newcastle are in the running to sign Lingard as he says they cannot offer him regular playing time.
He said: “As far as Jesse is concerned, he’s the same as a lot of other players, he’s a really good player, that’s normal at other clubs, Newcastle have been interested in him. but it’s not me who manages it.
“If you ask me now what is going to happen in the next 10 days, I can’t answer that question, I’m afraid.
“As I said, it’s the question of what the player wants, what other options does he have, does he have the opportunity to get playing time, I can’t answer instead, it must be done by the players.
“He’s a very good player, a technical player. Here at Manchester United it’s not that easy, we have other players who can play in this position and we can’t go from game to game. another with five or six posts.”
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