By Nick Ware

9th Oct, 2021 | 2:48pm

Newcastle United in talks over signing 2020/21 West Ham star Jesse Lingard

Newcastle United have held talks over the signing of 2020/21 West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The North-East outfit are now backed by wealthy owners after a £300million takeover this week that saw the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund become majority shareholder.

With the club currently second-bottom of the Premier League and in real danger of a relegation battle this season, the Magpies are expected to make a splash in the transfer market during January, and Manchester United attacker Lingard is a name that has been discussed.

The 28-year-old has scored twice for the Red Devils this season since returning from his Irons loan, including against his former loan side, but he has made just one start, in the League Cup.

Lingard was heavily linked with a return to the London Stadium during the summer but a move failed to materialise, though Stan Collymore, writing in the Sunday People [print edition, September 19, page 54], believes West Ham would take him back “in a heartbeat” during the winter transfer window.

West Ham coach Stuart Pearce also said on talkSPORT [08/09/21] that “he holds all the cards”, suggesting a return to East London is not out of the question.

Too soon for the Toon

Newcastle have suddenly become a very attractive proposition for many players across the globe, but they won’t soar to the top instantaneously.

They are currently without a win in the Premier League after seven games and they cannot make any major signings until January, so they could be well in trouble by the time that month comes around.

Would Lingard swap the Champions League for the looming threat of the Championship? It feels a bit far-fetched for a player dubbed “sensational” by Paul Scholes earlier this year [Metro].

If the England international does become available again, expect West Ham to be mooted as a very real destination.

Certainly, there should be no reason that Lingard does not fancy a return if he does opt to leave Manchester United.

Would the Irons take him back? Nikola Vlasic was signed on deadline day and David Moyes is well stocked in the attacking midfield areas, but with just Michail Antonio as a centre-forward option and Jarrod Bowen having to cover in any absences, there could be space for Lingard to come back.

In other West Ham news, the Irons want to sign this 22-year-old La Liga breakout star with a ‘very attractive’ release clause.

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