The Sunday Sun is reporting today that now the Carling Cup run is over for Newcastle, they are now prepared to send out Nile Ranger and Leon Best on loan.
Nile Ranger – will go out on loan
That would be expected of 19 year-old Nile Ranger, as the young lad is just coming through at the club, but it will come as bad news to Leon Best, since he doesn’t seem to have made it at Newcastle.
With Carroll, Ameobi and Lovenkrands in front of both strikers, and captain Kevin Nolan played as a withdrawn striker when Chris plays 4-5-1, it seems there will be very little chance of Leon Best getting a game at Newcastle, and we’ll not even mention Xisco.
Newcastle are only thinking of lending out the 19 year-old Ranger on a one month deal, as they did recently with Ben Tozer to Northampton Town.
Middlesbrough and Sheffield United are said to be monitoring the availability of the 19 year-old, but Newcastle seem unwilling to loan him out to a London club, since he got into some difficulties there when he was younger.
Crystal Palace have asked about the player, but he will not be moving there on loan.
Leon Best is still recovering from an ankle injury, and he has been completely plagued by injury this season so far, after scoring a couple of goals in pre-season and looking quite sharp.
Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Leeds United are three clubs who seem to be interested in taking the player on loan.
Ranger admitted to the Sunday Sun that a short loan spell elsewhere may do him some good:
“My agent has told me about the interest. He said there were two Premier League clubs in for me and most of the Championship too,” “Obviously Chris doesn’t want me to go to a Premier League side but there’s a few Championship clubs in as well.”
“Chris has told me ‘Not for now’ – I’m learning. But I’ll take it as it comes and if I’m asked to go out then I’ll go out and make the most of my chances.”
It would be interesting to know which Premier clubs were interested in the player, and it wouldn’t surprise us if one of them was Sunderland.