Hamza Choudhury’s deadline day loan move to Newcastle broke down because they didn’t want to pay a loan fee or a high percentage of his wages, according to The Telegraph.
Contrasting reports circulated yesterday, with some claiming that the Leicester midfielder was on his way to Tyneside while others said Newcastle had ‘closed for business’ by late morning.
Now, a new piece from The Telegraph reports that the player himself and Steve Bruce were keen on bringing him in on a season-long loan – but the NUFC hierarchy were typically reluctant to pay the going rates.
Here is a snippet from Luke Edwards’ article:
‘Quite why the Choudhury deal could not be done has mystified staff at St James’ Park.
‘The player was keen to join and was pushing for the move to go through as late as Tuesday afternoon.
‘But Newcastle appear to have refused to pay the loan fee and a percentage of his wages even though they have reduced the wage bill from last season by around £200,000-a-week by cutting players who were not in the 25-man squad last season.‘
It is baffling that we would be unable to pay a slice of the player’s wages, especially considering we have sliced around £200k-a-week off our wage bill by shifting several deadwood off the books over the summer.