The pursuit of exciting England U-21 talent Sheyi Ojo continues, with The Chronicle claiming that Liverpool have told Newcastle to stump up £10m if we wish to sign the 20-year old winger.
A loan deal had been initially mentioned for Ojo, with Middlesbrough, Fulham and ourselves all making approaches for his services.
It has since been suggested the Jurgen Klopp would be happy to let the youngster leave for the Championship – believing he would receive guaranteed playing time – however has reservations over a potential loan deal to Newcastle for the opposite reasons.
The Chronicle now claim Newcastle had cooled their interest following the arrival of Jacob Murphy, but Benitez is now looking for one more winger after Yoan Gouffran’s departure was confirmed, seeing our interest in Ojo resurface.
With Liverpool having fears over his game time at Newcastle, a loan deal appears to be out of the question, however the latest development is that he is ours on a permanent deal if we are willing to meet their £10m valuation.
Ojo has pace to burn and is considered to be a bright prospect, but I can’t help but feel we require the addition of proven quality and/or experience, not a 20-year old winger who, like Murphy, may or may not reach his potential.
It could of course be a master stroke, but given we lack goals and experience, I believe signing another unproven youngster would mean a risky leap of faith ahead of such a crucial season.