Jetro Willems’ agent has confirmed ‘there is a possibility’ that he completes a return to Newcastle United next month.
The Frankfurt full-back is back in training after well several months out with a serious ACL injury and has been regularly linked with a move back to Tyneside in recent weeks.
Sigi Lens, the player’s agent, does suggest that the Bundesliga club are unwilling to lose him on a free next summer, stating that he’ll either leave in the January transfer window or sign an extension with the German side to ensure they receive a fee for the 26-year-old next summer.
Speaking to hr-Sport, here’s what Willems’ representative has had to say:
“Of course, there is this possibility.
“Jetro got along very well in England and he is willing to go back there,”
“They want to extend the contract.
“Either we extend the contract or he goes in the winter [market],”
So, it seems Frankfurt don’t want to lose him for nothing at the end of the season, meaning we either negotiate a cut-price deal in January or risk having to pay a little more next summer when he will be under contract and, ideally, 100% fit again.
A tough decision to make given he’s not played a minute of competitive action since being stretchered off against Chelsea back in January, however I’m sure most would love to see him back if the signs suggest he’s made a full recovery.
One to watch next month, although I get the feeling we’ll wait to see him return to competitive action and keep tabs on his fitness before committing to a permanent deal.
Perhaps a one-year extension at Frankfurt and a six-month loan with an option to buy at the end of the season would make sense?