Newcastle’s left back crisis will not be solved by a Danny Rose return, according to Sky Sport’s News’ Keith Downie.
Rose had a fairly uninspiring spell at the club, but it was understood that Steve Bruce wanted to bring the England International back on permanent deal.
In an update on our left-back search, however, Downie claims this is no longer a ‘viable’ option for the NUFC boss – stating the club will look to pursue other targets:
“I did think at the start of the window that Danny Rose would return.
“But I don’t think that one is viable now for Newcastle United.”
As for those ‘other targets’, we’ve been told that a fee has been agreed for Sassuolo left-back Rogerio – according to Sky Italy – only for Sky Sports’ Keith Downie to report that a £13.5m bid has also been accepted for Norwich’s Jamal Lewis.
Downie named Brighton’s Bernardo and Greek international Dimitris Giannoulis as two other potential options yesterday, however it seems like one of Rogerio or Lewis will now sign instead, with the latter now appearing more likely unless both are being lined up?
Rose may have been less of a risk and could’ve added experience, but it’s easy to see why Mike Ashley’s NUFC have looked at younger alternatives with sell-on potential – not the high-earning former England regular who is entering the twilight years of his career.
He could’ve hit the ground running and proved to be a very solid addition if he got fit and fully motivated again, but I don’t think many Mags were desperate to sign the Spurs left-back after his uninspiring stint at the club last season.