According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are now pursuing a deal to bring Borrusia Dortmund attacker Maximilian Philipp in on loan this month.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour with the Bundesliga side over the last few months – playing just over 20 minutes of football since October despite starting their opening few games of the season.
The report states that Dortmund have already rejected a loan offer from Stutgart for the former Germany U-21 international, but claim the veratile attacker is likely to be moved on this month after two goals in 7 starts.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s latest transfer piece:
Newcastle United are believed to have Borussia Dortmund’s Maximilian Philipp on their radar this month.
The Magpies have taken a look at the 24-year-old striker before after sending scouts out to run the rule on him in recent times.
Dortmund are prepared to sell Philipp in January and have already turned down one loan offer from Stuttgart this month.
Whether Dortmund would be receptive to a loan offer that contains an obligation to buy permanently remains to be seen but the player’s agent has suggested he is in urgent need of regular game-time after an injury affected campaign in 2017/18 due to a patella tendon problem.
He’s struggled this season – with just one league goal – but has managed 18 goals and 10 assists in his last two Bundesliga seasons.
It sounds just like the sort of deal Rafa is forced to purse, doesn’t it? A player who’s failed to cut it at a big club who’s now available on loan as a result.