Simon Jordan suggests Englishman's career going backwards if he joins West Ham or Newcastle

Simon Jordan has claimed Jesse Lingard leaving Manchester United and joining either West Ham or Newcastle ‘isn’t showing his career is in an upward direction’, as he told talkSPORT.

The Radio pundit added that Lingard, who is seemingly demanding £200k-a-week to join Newcastle or West Ham as a free transfer, needs to ‘step down in expectation’.

Even though Man United have struggled during these past few years, they have still played at a higher level than those now interested in Lingard’s talents, including in the Champions League last season.

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Those in East London are the only ones, from the interested parties in the Premier League, who could provide him with Europe if he were to join them this summer.

But whilst the England international mulls over where he heads next, Jordan questioned who will want to pay him the wages he is seemingly demanding.

“The bottom line is who is going to pay what Jesse Lingard wants,” said Jordan. You are looking at the clubs.

“West Ham and Newcastle, whilst both of those clubs will feel they are in the ascendancy, Jesse Lingard leaving Manchester United and dropping into West Ham or Newcastle isn’t showing his career is in an upward direction.

“So, he has to perhaps be more realistic. The assumption you don’t have to pay something for a player, it enables you to have the opportunity to bolster their wages. But clubs aren’t going to set a precedent.

“There was a battle with West Ham to get them Kurt Zouma’s expectation of wages. I don’t know where Lingard’s career goes. He would probably have to step down in expectation, if he’s asking between £150k-200k-a-week, then I am not sure who he is going to get that from? Abroad either because we tend to pay the most wages.”

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LINGARD’S CAREER AT A CROSSROADS

Lingard will turn 30 later this year and he can’t afford to be dilly and dallying with his career now because he is at the peak of his powers.

In five years’ time, he may no longer be playing and his boots may well be shelved, so he needs to find a new home that will benefit the rest of his career.

There’s no doubt that he is still capable of playing for a top side in the Premier League or one aiming to get there, both West Ham and Newcastle fit that bill.

But the Hammers have shown they can cope without the goalscoring midfielder, who shone bright during his short loan spell at the club.

Whilst Newcastle have enough money to go around the world and buy whoever they want, they can easily turn away from wanting to sign Lingard if they wish.

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