A few weeks ago, Eddie Howe admitted that loan deals would be one to keep an eye on for Newcastle fans – but not until “a little bit later” in the window.
One player we’ve been heavily linked with is Armando Broja – the talented Albanian who scored nine times at Southampton last season.
According to The Chronicle, he is still a player Newcastle are hoping to sign over the final weeks of the summer, with Lee Ryder revealing that we’re waiting to hear back from Chelsea regarding his availability.
He reports that Howe “likes the idea” of snapping up the 20-year-old on a season-long loan deal, so it seems he remains one to keep an eye on in our search for another striker – despite the fact things have gone quiet on that front over the past fortnight.
Here’s a reminder of what Howe had to say about potential loan signings last month, insisting they can save big money and prove to be smart business – especially if there’s a “view to a permanent signing.”
“It’s definitely something we’ll look at. I’d say probably, at this stage, it’s a bit early for that, I think.
“Loans, I think, come a little bit later.
“It’s certainly something we’ll look at, it’d be foolish not to, because it can save you big money on transfer fees and long contract.
“But it probably doesn’t give you, unless it’s with a view to a permanent signing, the player’s heart and soul, unless it’s a very special player.
“We just have to get the balance right. I think it’s all about the individual, really.”