Back in January, Manchester United denied Jesse Lingard the opportunity to join Newcastle or West Ham, despite the fact his contract expires in June.

The decision was said to have left the 29-year-old outraged, as he wanted to play regular football once again after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.

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At the time, the Red Devils didn’t want to sell to a top-four rival in West Ham, while they sought to take advantage of Newcastle’s newfound riches by charging a £2.5m loan fee and a £12m bonus if they avoided relegation (Guardian).

What’s the story?

Well, if Lingard was furious back in January, he’s probably even angrier now.

The England international has only made two starts for Manchester United since the January transfer window closed.

Clearly, Ralf Rangnick has no interest in using him regularly, which makes the club’s decision to keep him – against his will – all the more bizarre.

Manchester United should’ve just recouped a fee and reinvested it in someone Erik ten Hag will use once he arrives.

However, they have now missed that opportunity, while losing even more money by paying Lingard’s £80,000-a-week wages during the time he’s been left out.

Newcastle and West Ham should fight for Jesse Lingard

It’s been sad to see Lingard left out, as he’s a fine player who – as we saw at West Ham last season – can have a huge impact in the Premier League.

Therefore, when he becomes a free agent this summer, Newcastle and West Ham should fight tooth and nail for his signature.

We already know what Lingard can do under David Moyes at West Ham, and there’s no reason why he can’t repeat it at Newcastle under Eddie Howe.

Ahead of a midfield duo of Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes, and supported by Allan Saint-Maximin out wide, Lingard would have quality players to help him thrive on Tyneside.

Keep an eye on his situation, as anything could happen this summer.

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