The Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder has confirmed in the last few moments that Newcastle are exploring the option of bringing in a few unnamed players in on loan, with Benitez looking in all directions to add the necessary additions to his squad this summer.
#nufc currently exploring a couple of loan options. Rafa Benitez said in last presser club are moving in "different directions".
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 8, 2017
It was stated earlier this summer that Benitez could turn to the Premier League’s top clubs to prize away any fringe players on loan and here’s 5 options we believe could be under consideration:
The Chelsea striker has been in fine form over pre-season, but Antonio Conte is believed to still see the Belgian as a ‘work in progress’ and could loan him out to guarantee him regular game time after the £60m arrival of Alvaro Morata. We need a striker and Benitez has good contacts at Chelsea so there could be a deal to be done here later in the window.
The striker is closing in on a return to fitness after a long spell on the sidelines and is expected to be handed his chance by Jurgen Klopp over the coming season, however The Chronicle claim he is one of several strikers under consideration by Rafa Benitez. It is unlikely that he nails down a regular first team slot at Anfield and is a player who’d give us another option up top – provided he could stay fit!
Manchester City are looking to sell the former England international, but there’s been several suggestions that interested parties have been off put by their asking price. Wages would be high, but with the midfielder needing a move to reignite his career and Newcastle needing extra midfield options, a loan move could suit all parties, with Newcastle paying a portion of his wage.
The Serbian speedster impressed during his loan spell at Hull last season but has returned to Merseyside following their relegation. It’s likely Liverpool are looking for a permanent deal, but with Benitez in the market for one more winger and Markovic unlikely to feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans, a loan deal with an obligation to buy could be a smart move for the 23-year old winger with undoubted potential.
Another player Manchester City are likely to want rid of for good, but a loan deal would appear to be a necessary escape route for the striker who will be looking to get his career back on track. If Bony could rediscover his Swansea form, he could quite well be the proven Premier League goalscorer we appear to be lacking.