Newcastle United are reportedly looking to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United this summer, according to The Telegraph.
It has been reported by the British newspaper that newly-appointed Magpies manager Steve McClaren wants to reunite with the player he worked with at Derby County last season.
The attacking midfielder joined the Rams on loan from United in the January transfer window for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.
The 22-year-old gave a decent account of himself at the iPro Stadium, scoring two goals and creating 10 chances in 14 Championship appearances.
Lingard had a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy 57%, and won three headers, nine dribbles and eight tackles.
The England Under-21 international is a promising young player, but he is unlikely to play regularly for United next season.
Moving to Newcastle on loan for the 2015-16 campaign would be good for all three parties: the Magpies, United and Lingard.
True, Lingard would not be guaranteed a ready-made spot in McClaren's starting line-up, but he would certainly have a better chance of playing regularly at St. James’ Park than he would at Old Trafford.
For United, it would be a chance for manager Louis van Gaal to see how one of the club’s more promising young players copes with the demands of Premier League football.
It would be a good piece of business for Newcastle too, as they would get a young talent without having to pay a transfer fee.
The Magpies need to have more creativity in their squad, and in Lingard they would get a player who has loads of potential.
If it does not work out, then the Magpies need not retain Lingard’s services and can just send him back to United at the end of his loan deal.