Portuguese star, Chelsea quartet & ex-Fulham duo – The late loan deals NUFC could look at

Steve Bruce has made it pretty clear that Mike Ashley won’t be releasing any more funds this summer, meaning it’s loan deals or nothing between now and 11pm Tuesday.

With transfer deadline day fast approaching and us still short in several departments, we’ve looked at a few available players who could be well worth looking at:

William Carvalho

At 29, he wouldn’t fit into Ashley’s buying policy as a permanent signing, however the Portuguese international has been in talks with Norwich over a temporary move to Carrow Road.

He’s out of favour at Real Betis but is an experienced midfielder – playing 68 times for his country – and could add some much needed physicality and class to our engine room.

Malang Sarr

The Chelsea centre-back spent last season at Porto and looks set to be loaned out once again this season, with the Blues closing in on a deal for Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

He’s left footed, quick and comfortable on the ball, meaning he should tick a lot of boxes for Steve Bruce.

Ross Barkley

An attacking midfielder may be low down Bruce’s priority list, however Barkley is a player he tried to sign on loan last summer – only for the England international to opt for Aston Villa instead.

He’s another that looks set to leave Chelsea and could add some dynamism to our midfield, with Callum Wilson talking up a move for the 27-year-old just last year.

Maitland-Niles

A versatile midfielder who can also play at wing-back, the 23-year-old is someone we were regularly linked with prior to signing Joe Willock.

Out of Arteta’s XI and in need of regular game time, this may be one we look at – and the Gunners may sanction it given how well Willock did on Tyneside.

Nat Phillips

Liverpool have been trying to sell the 24-year-old following a breakthrough season at Anfield, however it seems no one is paying their £12m-£15m asking price.

With him back behind Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Konate in the pecking order, a late loan bid could be one they’d consider if no cash offers arrived.

Ademola Lookman

After being one of the bright sparks in Fulham’s relegation season, the winger is back at RB Leipzig.

Sky Sports report that he could be loaned out once again and we’d be wise to make a move, with us currently far too over reliant on Wilson and Saint-Maximin.

Ethan Ampadu

Back at Chelsea after a spell at Sheffield United. Nowhere near their first team, but is someone who can play at centre-back and central midfield – two positions Bruce has talked about strengthening.

At 20, he can also be classed as an U21 player, meaning he wouldn’t need to be named in our 25-man squad.

Frank Zambo-Anguissa

The Cameroonian powerhouse was linked with a move to St James’ during his time at Marseille and is looking for a way out of Fulham following relegation.

The 6ft 2′ midfielder’s skill, driving runs and ability to break up the play stood out in an otherwise poor side last season. Fulham are looking to sell, however a loan deal with an option to buy could be possible and ideal for us – especially when he’d add the sort of presence our engine room currently lacks.

Ozan Kabak

Almost arrived on Tyneside in January, with the BBC reporting that he was all set to sign until Liverpool hijacked our loan bid at the 11th hour.

Now back at Schalke, the Germans haven’t managed to find a buyer as of yet, meaning he too could leave on loan. Given our prior interest and need for another centre-back, bookmaker apps make him one of the favourites to sign.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The midfielder was deemed one of Chelsea’s biggest young talents just a few years ago, but seems to have lost his way a little.

Injury issues haven’t helped, yet his versatility and size could be something that appeals to Steve Bruce.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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