Steve Bruce confirmed our interest in the loan market following our 2-1 defeat to Leicester, but insists that reports linking us with Hamza Choudhury are ‘news’ to him at present.
England U21 international Choudary was not in the Foxes squad for their trip north, something that added fuel to the fire after The Chronicle reported over the weekend that we’d been ‘offered’ the 23-year-old.
Brendan Rodgers didn’t give much away when asked about the midfielder’s future – but refused to rule out a loan exit for the player.
Here’s what Bruce had to say in response to the rumours and our ongoing attempts to recruit this month:
“It’s news to me.
“It’s always very difficult, whether something can happen in the next week we will wait and see.
“If one or two things develop then great.”
Rodgers also had this to say about talk of a move to Tyneside for Choudhury:
“We will assess it over January.
“He wasn’t in the squad.
“We will see what happens.”
Central midfield is certainly an area where we look desperately weak right now.
The two Longstaff’s tried their best against the Foxes, but the lack of physicality and mobility cost us (not for the first time this season) as Leicester cut through our engine room with ease in the second half.
Most Toon fans accept that a box-to-box midfielder should be our top priority and judging by recent transfer rumours, our recruitment team appear to agree!