Jesse Lingard pursuit makes the most sense if Newcastle push for Man Utd loan

It looks as though Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is determined to raid Manchester United for a loan deal this January, as he looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.

90min has learned that the Magpies boss is interested in taking Phil Jones, Brandon Williams and Jesse Lingard to the north east on a temporary basis, but he will be hamstrung by the Premier League's rules around domestic loans.

Williams has been reduced to games for the Under-23s | Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

Newcastle fans can be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed with said calibre of players, and will perhaps be thankful that regulations permit them to sign only one of United's deadwood on loan.

But in order to best judge who would be the most welcome addition at St James' Park, it's worth looking at the Magpies season so far.

Like every team this season, Bruce's side have struggled for consistency. A quietly efficient start and an upcoming Carabao Cup quarter final against Brentford in mid-December had Toon fans optimistic for the season ahead, as they sat on 17 points after 11 games.

Truth be told, Newcastle's backline is the least of their problem areas. They can shut up shop when they want to, and they've proven under Bruce that they can be tactically savvy and organised. When it comes to chance creation and goalscoring, it's an entirely different story.

Summer signing Callum Wilson has a nice goal return on paper, but we all know that his tally has been boosted by Newcastle's generous helping of penalties. 18 goals in 16 games as a club isn't good enough, and that's something that Jesse Lingard - completely cast adrift at United - could come in and help with.

He doesn't score lots of goals, no, but he does make things happen. The 28-year-old is a willing, direct runner with the ball and should be entering the prime years of his career, not sitting on from the sidelines watching.

It wasn't that long ago that Lingard was a regular in the England setup, and the chance to get himself back in the frame will only come through regular game time. It's unlikely he'll earn a recall even if he were to move to Newcastle, but he could do far worse than Newcastle given the calibre of sides he's also been linked to.

His best goal return in a season is only eight, but when you consider that Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle only managed six between them last year, Lingard may not be such a bad shout after all.

He's not the ideal target, but if Newcastle are to pursue a deal for any of the three, he makes the most sense - particularly as two of the Toon's next three games are at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal - and who wouldn't want to see that milly rock on show again?

Source : 90min