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Juve's Aaron Ramsey linked but Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard top Magpies wish list


Transfer Target: Jesse Lingard

Transfer Target: Jesse Lingard

Transfer Target: Jesse Lingard

Newcastle United have stepped up their pursuit of Jesse Lingard while also opening talks over the loan signing of Dele Alli.

Newcastle aim to land a clutch of new signings following their arrival in Saudi Arabia for a training camp and are pushing to bring in as many as five players this week, on a mixture of permanent and loan deals.

Whether Newcastle sign both Tottenham Hotspur’s Alli and Lingard remains to be seen but there is growing confidence Lingard will arrive this week even though Manchester United are yet to formally accept their bid.

Lingard, who has flown to Dubai for his own warm-weather training, just a short flight from where Newcastle are based in Saudi Arabia, is waiting to hear back from Manchester United’s board of directors to discover whether he can leave.

There is a growing expectation from the Newcastle end that a deal will be agreed, but that confidence has been misplaced before and the club will move on to other targets if Manchester United continue to drag things out.

Sources within the Newcastle camp had even talked about the prospect of Lingard joining up with the squad on their winter training camp in Saudi Arabia, but there is no confirmation that he will be able to do so.

There is still scepticism around Old Trafford that Manchester United will let him leave on loan although a source said that it was “looking more likely Jesse will be allowed to go because of the number involved”.

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Manchester United have already rejected Newcastle’s first offer, but the second one will net them £5-6m in a loan fee, with Newcastle also covering the cost of his £80,000-a-week wages.

Newcastle have also put out feelers to see whether Wales international Aaron Ramsey would like to sign for them this month and have been given a positive response from the player’s camp, which means things could progress quickly over the next 72 hours. Juventus are desperate to move the 31-year-old on and an injury to Joelinton has made the signing of a midfielder a far more pressing concern for the Newcastle hierarchy.

It is also believed that Newcastle have rekindled their interest in Burnley’s James Tarkowski, but have not yet tabled a bid for the 29-year-old.

Tarkwoski was one of the first names discussed by Newcastle’s new owners back in October but it was always felt Burnley would refuse to consider selling the defender, even though the player was told he could leave last summer if his valuation was met.

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