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'survival bonus' Newcastle’s bid to sign Jesse Lingard breaks down over lavish survival demand

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It looks as though Jesse Lingard's loan move to Newcastle has fallen through. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

It looks as though Jesse Lingard's loan move to Newcastle has fallen through. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

It looks as though Jesse Lingard's loan move to Newcastle has fallen through. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Newcastle’s bid to sign Jesse Lingard on loan has all but collapsed over Manchester United’s demands for a £12m (€14m) “survival bonus” that has left the England forward angered.

Lingard, 29, fears he could be forced to spend the reminder of the season on the bench at Old Trafford after Newcastle’s Saudi owners baulked at United’s request for a bonus payment should the Tyneside club avoid relegation.

United’s demands for £12m if Newcastle beat the drop on top of a £2.5m loan fee and Lingard’s £75,000-a-week wages would take the potential cost of the deal to £16.5m. That is the equivalent of around £1 million a week over the duration of the four-month loan and would make it one of the most expensive loan deals in history.

United sources believe the bonus is justified given what is at stake for Newcastle and insist the ball remains in their court. Staying up would be worth around £120m to Newcastle.

Lingard is understood to feel disrespected by the club he has been at for the past 21 years and fears he is being punished for refusing to sign a new contract. United have already rebuffed approaches from West Ham and Tottenham to take Lingard on loan as they view both clubs as rivals for the top four. Everton, with whom United have a strained relationship, are also thought to have had an enquiry knocked back.

Lingard cannot understand why United are so reluctant to let him go and driving such a hard bargain, particularly after holding talks over the phone with Ralf Rangnick on Tuesday afternoon during which the interim manager gave him his blessing to leave.

It is understood he was unimpressed to receive a call from one United executive to ask him where his “head was at” given that he has made his feelings clear for some time and the club know he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

Lingard, who is currently in Dubai doing some warm weather training, is desperate for regular playing time as he bids to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.

A successful spell on loan at West Ham last season almost saw him win a place in England’s squad at the Euros and he had been hoping to do something similar with Newcastle while helping the club to stay up.

United – who suggested Lingard rejected the chance of a permanent move to St James’ Park this month – waived a loan fee to allow Anthony Martial to join Sevilla this week but say that situation is different because the France striker is still contracted to the club until June 2024.

The Lingard situation is another setback for Newcastle in their protracted attempts to bolster the squad. They are still hoping to push through a £33.5m deal for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes despite the fact the French club denied reports that a fee has been agreed and he was heading to Tyneside.

Arsenal and Juventus have also been tracking the Brazil international but so far Newcastle are the only club to have bid. A medical has been booked for tomorrow and Newcastle will hope a rival bid does not materialise in the meantime.

Newcastle have also had a £9m bid for Brighton defender Dan Burn rejected although they are likely to return with an improved offer. Newcastle have failed with bids for Lille’s Sven Botman and Seville’s Diego Carlos. The latter could still make a move to St James’ Park but Eddie Howe wants two new centre-backs rather than just one.

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