Sky pundit Charlie Nicholas is tipping Newcastle to sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in January – however any temporary deal would NOT be possible given we’ve used up our two domestic loans.
Rafa Benitez has actually been credited with interest in Solanke – with him barely used at Liverpool and him being a youngster Rafa worked with at Chelsea – however Nicholas’ suggestion of a loan deal is impossible as it stands.
With Rondon and Kenedy arriving from West Brom and Chelsea respectively over the summer, the only way a deal for Solanke is possible is if A) one of Rondon/Kenedy sign permanently in January (thus freeing up a domestic loan deal) or B) we look to sign Solanke on a permanent deal.
We’ve created a rod for our own back as far as these loan deals are concerned.
If we’d been prepared to pay up, I imagine permanent deals for Rondon and Kenedy were very doable over the summer, however our reluctant to pay and preference to sign both on loan leaves us struggling in January.
Players are tough to sign permanently in January – with clubs either demanding premium fees or simply reluctant to lose a player half way through the season – but several loan deals are often up for grabs at this time of the year, with players who’ve not received much game time often desperate for a quick move away.
Solanke could’ve been a useful loan signing, but the likes of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus Cheek is someone who could’ve been an IDEAL January signing should we have had a loan slot left.