Brendan Rodgers has been speaking about the future of Hamza Choudhury today – one of the players heavily linked with a late loan move to St James’ Park ahead of tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.
That said, the Leicester City boss has confirmed they’ve received no bids as of yet for the midfielder.
Choudhury came close to arriving on deadline day back in January and, according to The Chronicle, he’s keen to seal a late move to Tyneside this summer after slipping down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium.
Elsewhere, fellow midfield target Jens Cajuste has admitted that a move to the Premier League is a ‘dream’ of his – suggesting he’d be open to joining Newcastle if the opportunity presented itself.
However, with money tight and Bruce recently insisting we’re only in the market for loans, it seems our interest in the 22-year-old – currently at FC Midtjylland – will be shelved until 2022.
Here’s what’s been said from both midfielder’s camps today, starting with Rodgers’ response when asked about our interest in Choudhury:
Rodgers on Choudhury
“That’s (a loan move for Choudhury) something where we will have to wait until something comes in,”
“Hamza’s attitude and mentality has been first class and there has been a lot of speculation around him going out and various clubs but, at this moment in time, we haven’t had any offers in.
“To his credit, he’s been absolutely first class in training even though he hasn’t featured. It can be difficult for a player because you train to play the game, but he’s understood where he’s at.
“He’s maturing all the time as a professional and as a player so he’s just training away. Until anything comes in, that’s how it will be.”
Cajuste on links to Newcastle, Leeds and Brentford:
“The sums are completely crazy but, at the same time, it’s fun to know that you are valued so highly. I take that as a motivation to work even harder,”
“It has been difficult at times, but it is about controlling what you can control. Some things you cannot control and you have to accept that. What you can do is work and develop your own game. That’s what I’m trying to do.
“There is almost nothing bigger than the Premier League, it would be really fun to take on that challenge. Like so many others, it has been a childhood dream to play there.”