Jesse Lingard linked to Newcastle as clothing brand posts St James’ Park footage

Jesse Lingard's clothing brand posted an unexpected Instagram story while at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon – leading to Newcastle transfer speculation with his Manchester United contract due to expire in the summer.

The England international forward returned to Old Trafford in the summer after an impressive loan spell at West Ham last season during which he managed nine goals across 16 Premier League outings.

The 28-year-old now holds all the cards with his contract due to expire in the summer, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pleas for him to agree a new deal.

With links to both Barcelona and AC Milan among others, Newcastle now have the funds to join the race following their Saudi-led takeover last week.

Links have now escalated after clothing brand JLINGZ posted a story at St James' Park before the Premier League encounter against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

After that post was shared on Twitter, one fan wrote: "One to watch in January. If we sign him, let's hope he has the same impact as he did for West Ham in the second half of last season."

With a second adding: "He’s the type of player we need IMO. Better than what we have, not getting a game, contract running out. Get the lad signed up."

And a third concluding: "Would be a good signing overall, a goal scorer, little bit mistake prone but would be a star in our team."

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With Solskjaer saying of the forward earlier in the month: "Jesse's had a good start to the season. He's come on and scored a few goals for us, that's been very important for us.

"We want to prolong his contract, we see him as an important player. It's up to him, maybe up to me, to give him more playing time because he deserves to.

"Hopefully, we can get a deal sorted for Jesse because we really rate him."

One thing that could impact a move in January is the future of Steve Bruce, who is uncertain of the plans at the club following their recent takeover.

He said: "Every football club needs clarity, from the top right the way through. The new owners have been very respectful.

"My future is for other people to decide. I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. I will see what they have to say."

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