Manchester United have rejected Newcastle United’s loan bid for England midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford as he struggles for game time under Ralf Rangnick. The 29-year-old seemed set for a switch to West Ham United, where he spent a successful spell on loan last season, with Newcastle United also interested.
Newcastle were said to be the favourites to sign Jesse Lingard as United felt selling the player to Tottenham or West Ham would strengthen a top-four rival. BBC reports that Manchester United are reluctant to loan the 29-year-old as it would effectively end his Old Trafford career.
Lingard would be available to sign a pre-contract, of course, which would see him join the Tyneside club permanently at the end of the season, although it is thought the player would prefer to wait until the summer before deciding his next club.
Newcastle United have found themselves rooted to the relegation zone this season, with an escape looking almost impossible with only one club previously avoiding the drop having had the same or less points than the Magpies currently have.
However, financial backing may permit Eddie Howe the greatest resources possible as the club look to maintain their top flight status for next year and build a new future for the club.
Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League, having won just one league game all season. They are next in action on Saturday, at home to Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round, before hosting fellow strugglers Watford in the league on 15 January.