Newcastle United are planning flex their financial muscles in the hope of beating Tottenham in the race for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, according to the Northern Echo.
The 28-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford despite a fruitful second half of last season on loan at West Ham, where he tallied nine goals and five assists in just 16 Premier League games.
Lingard, who is also set to be out of contract with United in the summer, allegedly saw talks of a new deal break down last week, which has put his future with the Red Devils on the line.
The Northern Echo now report that Tottenham hold an interest in Lingard alongside West Ham, but face stiff competition from Newcastle in acquiring his signature this winter.
The report claims both London sides are monitoring the forward’s situation, but the Magpies are planning to use their newly-acquired finances to their advantage to outbid the competition.
Eddie Howe’s side are said to be interested in drafting in players with proven experience in the Premier League, with Lingard joining a shortlist including Spurs midfielder Dele Alli and Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.
Spurs Web Opinion
Lingard could be a decent option for Spurs to bring in, as we have seen just how good he can be when his confidence is high. But if Newcastle come in with a higher offer in January with their new financial strength, there really isn’t much clubs can do to beat them out.
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