- Newcastle United are increasing their interest in playmaker Jesse Lingard
- Magpies are at the bottom of the table and risk deportation
- Reports claim they are set to make Lingard the top earner at the club
- Newcastle is world’s richest side under new Saudi Arabian owners
According to reports, Newcastle United are increasing their interest in Jesse Lingard and are set to make the playmaker their top earner.
The Magpies have been linked with Manchester United since the Saudi Arabian Public Fund took over the club.
as a report Times, Newcastle have made the signing of Lingard a priority in the January transfer window and are ready to offer a deal that would make him the highest-paid in the club’s history.
Newcastle United are ramping up efforts to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United
Lingard’s contract at Old Trafford is set to expire next summer and Newcastle are looking to kickstart their season by bringing on the England star and kick-start their faltering campaign.
Negotiations have reportedly already taken place with Lingard’s mentors and he has been offered a four-and-a-half-year deal in excess of the club’s current top earner Miguel Almiron’s £100,000 a week salary.
Last season Lingard sought a loan away from United and dazzled in east London with West Ham.
After the loan switch to West Ham, Lingard was one of the league’s top performers
He was widely expected to make the move permanent, however United could not seal a deal with Hammer after demanding more than £20 million for the player.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Newcastle so far this season, with striker Callum Wilson admitting recently that the team was not fit enough under previous manager Steve Bruce.
“I would say the first game of the season, we weren’t fit enough to be ready for Premier League fixtures,” he said.
‘We weren’t fit enough and we weren’t in the right place. Pre-season is huge for the way it prepares you for the season.’
Callum Wilson (left) believes Newcastle’s team under Steve Bruce (right) was not fit enough
Wilson speaking with West Ham’s Michael Antonio BBC Footballer Football Podcast, and he added: ‘I saw that (the difference in fitness) when we played each other in the first game (West Ham won 4-2).
‘Every manager has a different philosophy in terms of how to fit players. Ours would have been different for you, but on day one you’re hoping you’re done and you’re in a good place.