Ex Newcastle United defender predicts summer transfer target will become 'main man' under Eddie Howe

Jesse Lingard will become a free agent this summer following his release from Manchester United – and Newcastle United are ready to pounce.

Tuesday, 10th May 2022, 12:00 pm

And former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate believes Lingard would be a ‘big fish’ at St James’s Park.

The England international was keen to sign for Newcastle United during the January transfer window, only for Manchester United to block a move.

Lingard has started just two Premier League matches for the Red Devils in 2021-22 but has attracted plenty of interest from across the Premier League and abroad. The 29-year-old will make a decision on his future at the end of the season with Newcastle likely to compete with West Ham United for his signature.

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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)

The Hammers loaned Lingard from Man United during the 2020-21 season as he impressed with nine goals in 16 appearances.

But Newcastle remain the current favourites to sign Lingard once his current deal at Old Trafford expires.

“I think if he comes to Newcastle he will be the big fish, and he’s not the big fish at [Manchester] United,” Woodgate told BritishGambler.co.uk.

“If he goes [to Newcastle] he will be one of the main men, and that might help him. I like him and think he has great qualities, and great attitude. He will want to prove a few people wrong.

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