Newcastle United’s new owners in talks to sign Man Utd duo Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly

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Jesse Lingard is on Newcastle United’s radar (Getty)

Newcastle United’s new owners have discussed the prospect of signing Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly from Manchester United in January, according to reports.

Following the takeover at St James’ Park this week, Newcastle are now the richest club in world football as Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) have assets worth £320 billion.

Amanda Staveley, who led the consortium which funded the takeover and is now a director at Newcastle United, has already vowed that the playing squad will be strengthened.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Newcastle’s new hierarchy are considering a move for Lingard in the next transfer window, although they are unsure whether the United midfielder would be willing to make the move having already rejected them for West Ham last season.

Earlier this week Lingard, who has made just three appearances as a substitute in the Premier League this season, suggested that he may need to leave United in order to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad next year.

‘Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but you need regular football. I was so close to going to the Euros and I think it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor,’ said Lingard.

Jesse Lingard has made just three substitute appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League this season

Jesse Lingard has made just three substitute appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League this season (PA)

‘If you’re playing over 20 or 25 games, you know you’re knocking on the door. I’m not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing.

‘You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.’

Eric Bailly has made just one appearance for Manchester United this season

Eric Bailly has made just one appearance for Manchester United this season…



Source : metro

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