Lee Ryder claims Newcastle United have struck a new loan agreement with Inter Milan over Valentino Lazaro, keeping him on Tyneside until at least the end of July.
The Austrian – who can play as a wing-back or winger – was initially signed on loan in January from Inter Milan and made five appearances, which included a goal and a red card, before coronavirus ground the season to a halt.
His current deal was set to expire on June 30th, however the new agreement with the Serie A giants allows him to stay for our remaining 9 games – and over the final knockings of our FA Cup campaign should we go all the way!
Bruce is also rumoured to be keen on extending Danny Rose’s loan spell, with The Chronicle confirming earlier this week that we are ‘hopeful’ of keeping him around following a recent round of talks with Tottenham.
It is unknown what plans are in place for Schalke loanee Nabil Bentaleb, who in my opinion has done little to impress since arriving from Germany in January.
Bentaleb does have Premier League experience, and I would rather have him in the squad for the rest of the season than to see him go given we’ll be one short in midfield should Matty Longstaff leaves, but he doesn’t seem to be an improvement on our current options based on his lacklustre displays so far.
Then there’s Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo and Matty Longstaff – three players whose futures remain in limbo with their contracts set to expire at the end of this month.
While Carroll and Manquillo could be deemed surplus to requirements – I would personally keep Carroll for another year – Matty Longstaff’s situation requires a lot more urgent attention as he is a promising prospect for the future.
It’s well documented that a lucrative offer of £30,000-per-week has arrived from Udinese – an offer we’re yet to match if reports of our £20,000 proposal is true – so Matty’s situation should be considered number one priority for the current regime at the club.
Lots to do, yet we seem like a club in limbo while the Premier League continue to um and ah over this potential takeover…