According to The Telegraph, Newcastle are pushing to pull off a deadline day double deal involving Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury and Arsenal’s Joe Willock.
This comes from Luke Edwards, who reports that Steve Bruce is ‘focusing all of his efforts’ on signing the midfield duo on loan before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
The Telegraph claim that both deals have been lined up over the weekend, with Arsenal happy to let Willock go and Choudhury eager to sign at St James’ Park.
However, it’s said we are now waiting on Willock’s final decision, with Choudhury’s potential arrival likely to become clearer ahead of an imminent call between Bruce and Brendan Rodgers – who has been reluctant to let him leave due to injury issues and his need to sign a replacement.
Here’s what Luke Edwards has had to say in a big deadline day update:
Newcastle United have two deals on the go for Arsenal’s Joe Willock and Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury and this is where manager Steve Bruce is focusing all his efforts today.
Worryingly, though, neither deal is certain to go through and sources have told Telegraph Sport there is a 50-50 chance they will end up not being able to sign anyone today.
Bruce has lined up deals for both Willock and Choudhury over the weekend and is just waiting to be told whether they can happen or not by Arsenal and Leicester.
Willock is looking the more likely at this stage, with the only stumbling block whether the player is willing to leave London for the North East.
The England Under-21 international has been encouraged to go out on loan and Mikel Arteta believes a move to a club like Newcastle is precisely the sort of challenge he needs at this stage of his career. Bruce should be given a definitive answer in the next few hours.
Choudhury wants to move to Newcastle but a deal that looked certain last week and again over the weekend is once again complicated by injuries at Leicester.
Bruce is due to speak to Brendan Rodgers this morning to get a yes or no, after the Leicester boss asked to be given time to assess his own injury situation.