The Telegraph have revealed SEVEN players Newcastle United had the opportunity to sign over the summer – only to say no as they ‘couldn’t afford’ the loan fee.
According to Luke Edwards, Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury, Man Utd’s Axel Tuanzebe – now at Aston Villa – Tottenham’s Harry Winks, Everton defender Mason Holgate, plus Arsenal duo Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin were all offered our way.
The report even states that Steve Bruce made sure there was room for an incoming in his 25-man squad by allowing Matty Longstaff to join Aberdeen on loan, yet the club refused to sanction any late deals – claiming there was no money in the bank.
Edwards even states that a modest £1.5m loan fee was deemed too much for Hamza Choudhury – the Foxes midfielder who looked set to sign on deadline day at one stage.
As for the others, Everton centre-back Mason Holgate would’ve improved us defensively, yet was another one we passed up on.
Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara is believed to be another offered our way, with him out of contract next summer, however it seems he was never keen on a move to Tyneside and also rejected deadline day interest from Wolves.
Here’s a snippet from The Telegraph’s piece:
Newcastle had been offered a long list of potential loan signings in the last few weeks of the window and Bruce even made sure there was room to bring one in without having to leave anyone out of the 25-man squad by sending midfielder Matty Longstaff on loan to Aberdeen.
These players included Choudhury, Axel Tuanzebe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Harry Winks and Mason Holgate, as well as Kamara.
All would have improved not just the squad but the starting XI — but all required a loan fee to be paid, which the Newcastle hierarchy insisted the club could not afford.