Newcastle United and Deportivo La Coruña are battling it out for the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente according to Spanish outlet AS.
The 23-year-old central midfielder has started just 8 games all season under Zineadine’s Zidane and the story states that club chiefs are keen to see him go out on loan to gain some first-team football over the remainder of the season.
Major Spanish outlet AS claim Newcastle United and La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna are at the front of the queue to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente on loan #NUFC pic.twitter.com/2lnOYQ0V7f
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) January 30, 2018
Whilst some NUFC fans may welcome any sort of addition between now and the transfer deadline, this one doesn’t appear to make a great deal of sense.
With Merino, Shelvey, Diame and Hayden all playing and Saivet and Colback also on our books, I can’t imagine why Rafa would be keen to sign another central midfielder – especially a defensive one given our need for attacking flair.
I’d have understood it if he could operate in the number 10 role, but he’s more likely to play at centre-back than in the 10 role by all accounts.
We shall see, but I’d imagine several NUFC fans would be left underwhelmed if he was our only signing before the window slammed shut (although I think quite a few aren’t expecting anyone).