Amanda Staveley has suggested that long-term West Ham target Jesse Lingard wanted to join Newcastle during the January transfer window.
When speaking to The Athletic, the Newcastle United co-owner insisted that the Toon tried everything to bring Lingard to St James’ Park from Manchester United in January.
West Ham were trying to sign the 29-year-old Man United ace on deadline day in January as well (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
Lingard spent four months at the London Stadium on loan last season and was a huge hit with the Hammers.
Jesse bagged nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games for West Ham. David Moyes absolutely loves Lingard and recently labelled him as an ‘incredible’ player (Claret and Hugh).
It seems as though we may have our work cut out in the summer if we are to sign the Manchester United ace, however, with Newcastle manager Eddie Howe desperate to bring him to Tyneside…
Amanda Staveley makes Jesse Lingard claim
It his no secret that one of David Moyes’s main priorities in the summer is to bring Jesse back to the London Stadium on a free transfer when his contract expires at Old Trafford.
The Hammers have certainly missed his drive, energy and quality in the final third this season.
Amanda Staveley has just made a claim that could end our chances of signing Lingard, however.
She told The Athletic:
“‘Oh, you’re going after Jesse’, well, Jesse wanted to come to us. We did everything. We never stopped. From the start to the finish, we did not stop working.”
If Lingard did indeed want to move to Newcastle, he will surely swap Old Trafford for St James’ Park in the summer. Especially when considering how much money the Magpies will be able to offer him in comparison to West Ham.
In fairness though, the Hammers have got to move on from Lingard now.
We have probably missed out on a handful of signing because of Moyes’s obsession with Jesse.
There are plenty of younger and perhaps even better options than the Manchester United attacking midfielder out there waiting to be signed.
If Newcastle get their hands on Jesse in the summer then good luck to them. That ship has sailed now as far as West Ham are concerned.