According to new reports emerging today, Newcastle have reignited their interest in Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
This comes after journalist Pedro Almeida announced to his 22,000 Twitter followers on Wednesday morning that we’ve opened talks with the Foxes over a potential permanent deal.
He claims that we’ve prepared to offer around €10m (£8.5m) for the midfielder, who has slipped down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers.
The 23-year-old looked on the verge of a loan move to St James’ Park back in January, however a deal was called off at the 11th hour as they failed to land a replacement for the former England U21 international.
Six months on, they’ve now signed ex-Toon target Boubakary Soumare – a deal that’s expected to open the door to a much needed move away for Choudhury.
Here’s what Almeida’s had to say, suggesting we are trying to sign the touch tackling midfielder on a permanent transfer:
With Bruce’s entire budget expected to be around £10-£12m this summer, this is a deal that could work.
With us in the loan market for the likes of Joe Willock, Axel Tuanzebe and Conor Gallagher, a permanent move for Choudhury could make sense, as our two domestic loan slots will only stretch so far.
Time will tell if there’s any truth in these new claims, even if it’s clearly a target following on from our January interest.