Jesse Lingard ‘tests the market’ on big wage demands after Newcastle United January transfer offer

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Newcastle United’s January target Jesse Lingard still has no takers this summer after the England international saw the Magpies cool their interest in him in May.

Eddie Howe remains a fan of Manchester United’s soon-to-be-out-of-contract man, but it remains to be seen if Lingard lowers his demands. It was believed Newcastle weren’t ready to shell out up to £200,000 a week for the 29-year-old as it would disrupt their wage structure.

Howe did something highly unusual by his standards after the January window. He actually admitted he wanted Lingard publicly when asked about him at a press conference. Since then, Lingard and his team have been testing the market.

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Howe said in January: “Jesse Lingard is a player I’ve always looked up to. And that’s probably the best thing to say.”

It was understood in May that he wanted £200,000-a-week, which is currently higher than the salary structure Newcastle reasonably have in place. The idea is that Howe doesn’t want huge pay gaps with some players not earning even half that on the books. Will they come back? It’s always possible but he should be more realistic in his demands and Newcastle have plenty of other options.

West Ham, the club where he was successful in 2019/20, could be ready to close in on those numbers and also retain an interest. But he will certainly not stay at Old Trafford despite the arrival of Erik ten Hag.

A statement from Man United read: “Manchester United can confirm that Jesse Lingard will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jesse for all the memories he has helped create over the course of of his two decades here and I wish him well in his future career.”

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