ESPN are reporting today that Newcastle United are again interested in Manchester United’s England U21 International Jesse Lingard, who we were linked with earlier in the summer.
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is said to be a huge admirer of the 22 year-old having had him at Derby County for the second half of last season.
Jesse Lingard and Steve McClaren at Derby County earlier this year
Lingard came through the Manchester United Youth Academy, and was part of the side that won the 2010–2011 FA Youth Cup, when they beat Sheffield United 6-2 in the two-legged final.
Jesse has been on loan to Leicester City, Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion over the last three years, as well as being on loan this year at Derby County with McCalren.
He has played for the Manchester United first team only once, in the first game of last season against Swansea, and last season at Derby he played 15 times and scored two goals.
Lingard has played for the England U17 team and 11 times for the England U21 side with two goals, and was in the England squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic earlier in the summer.
Bristol City are reported to be prepared to break their transfer record in a bid to land Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard, with the fee being £2.5M.
Jesse Ljngard in action this year for Derby County
It seems that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to let Lingard leave Old Trafford and Bristol City were the first club to be interested.
But it could be that Steve McClaren and Newcastle will now move in for the player with the fee being so low, and it wasn’t known whether he would be allowed to leave the Red Devils until now.
From what we’ve seen of Lingard that’s a low price for somebody who shows considerable promise, and there’s not much risk in Newcastle paying out that sum for a 22 year-old.
He’s played 51 first team games so far in his career at various clubs with 12 goals.
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