An increasingly desperate Jesse Lingard wants to secure a deadline day move away from Manchester United. The England international would have been happy with a move to either Newcastle United, or the club where he spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at – West Ham United, according to The Athletic.
However, those needs have been denied as the Red Devils have told him he will not be allowed to leave in this window.
Deadline Day Move Blocked as Desperate Jesse Lingard Stays at Old Trafford
🚨 Jesse Lingard has been told by Man Utd he will not be allowed to leave before transfer window shuts. Despite Newcastle & West Ham pushing for #DeadlineDay loan, 29yo will stay at #MUFC + go into the final 6 months of his deal @TheAthleticUK #NUFC #WHUFC https://t.co/KkpEZjuRWZ
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 31, 2022
Newcastle and West Ham
Whilst a permanent move away from Old Trafford appeared to be unlikely, Newcastle United and West Ham were both vying for the loan signing of the out of favour player, who has made only 14 appearances this season and scored two goals.
Lingard held talks with United manager Ralf Rangnick on Monday, January 31 and the manager had given his blessing for Lingard to leave on loan if the right offer came in. With the 2022 World Cup coming at the end of the year, Lingard needs to be playing regular first-team football if he is to earn his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad. The decision on whether he leaves though was left with the Manchester United hierarchy and it is they that have blocked any move.
Lingard’s current contract expires at the end of the season but he has little time to get back to playing on a regular basis.
West Ham were keen based on his impressive performances during his loan spell whilst Newcastle had been working hard to try and secure the players’ services as they look to avoid relegation, and have already been busy in the transfer window bringing in Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Chris Wood.
Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie had spoken of the interest in Lingard from both clubs before any deal was hit on the head.
“He’s a player Newcastle have been keen on throughout the transfer window and we know they have been in talks with Manchester United,” he said.
“The talks had reached a bit of an impasse but with the Ekitike deal hanging in the balance, Newcastle are looking elsewhere – but they do have competition from West Ham for Lingard.”
Manchester United have now decided the player will not leave and will see out the remainder of his contract.