This time yesterday, The Times’ Martin Hardy said that a potential move to St James’ Park for Ruben Loftus-Cheek was “not happening”.
Not what we wanted to hear when he could’ve been that “mouthwatering” loan deal to grab Steve Bruce’s attention on deadline day, however it’s now become clear why we seemingly opted against a loan bid for the England international.
As revealed by both Sky Sports News and The Telegraph, he’s on a whopping £150,000 per-week at Chelsea – wages demands that would’ve been a non starter for us, especially when we’ve struggled to move out several outcasts who are stealing a living on £30,000 plus (Saivet and Lazaar, I’m looking at you).
He’s still managed to find himself a deadline day move, joining Fulham on a season-long loan, however his wage demands were described as a ‘stumbling block’ at one stage last night – and it’s easy to see why!
Harry Redknapp then had this to say on it all when finding out how much the 24-year-old earns on Sky Sports News!
He could’ve added some much needed power, explosiveness and creativity to our midfield, however it isn’t hard to work out why we opted against a potential loan move if he’s on that sort of money!
It’s Mike Ashley’s cash, not ours, so I would’ve still been happy to see him arrive last night, but this helps explain why we left this deal alone.