Newcastle United make surprise transfer decision on key Manchester United target

Latest Newcastle United transfer news and rumours ahead of the summer.

Newcastle United have ended their interest in signing Manchester United and England star Jesse Lingard.

The Magpies had made a previous attempt to sign the attacking midfielder during the January transfer window and were keen to reignite their interest during the close-season.

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Lingard, 29, is currently approaching the final six weeks of his existing deal at Old Trafford and will depart his boyhood club at the end of the season.

However, Newcastle will not be his next destination after the Magpies baulked at reported wage demands of over £150,000 a week and a sizable signing-on fee according to The Telegraph.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Furthermore, United are keen to reduce the average age of their squad so will be looking to add a number of younger players to their ranks during the summer.

The report suggests Lingard will now move abroad and Italy has been cited as his most likely destination.

The likes of West Ham United, PSG and Juventus have all been linked with a move for his services.

Premier League rivals ‘unlikely’ to sign Magpies target

James Tarkowski has been mentioned as a possible target for Newcastle ever since Eddie Howe took charge at St James Park.

Tarkowski may not be the biggest name on this list, however, his huge Premier League experience could be a major asset for Newcastle as they look to improve in all areas of the squad.

The Burnley centre-back continues to play a key role in the Clarets battle against relegation - but seems likely to leave Turf Moor when his current contract comes to an end this summer.

The 29-year-old defender has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs over the last year and West Ham United seeing two bids rejected in 2020.

However, The Guardian have reported The Hammers will now reignite their interest this summer and will turn their focus towards Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall.

Newcastle and Arsenal target rejects West Brom deal

Newcastle and Premier League rivals Arsenal have been boosted in their attempts to sign West Brom youngster Reyes Cleary.

The 18-year-old striker has rejected a professional contract with the Baggies according to the Express and Star and is very likely to leave the Hawthorns this summer.

Cleary scored 13 goals in 11 games for the Under-18s last season and seven goals in 15 appearances for the club’s Under-23s as he attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle.

German giants Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are also said to have dispatched scouts to watch the youngster.