Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua is reported to be wanting a move to Brighton on a permanent basis.
LuaLua wants to return to Brighton on a permanent deal
The 20-year-old has had two very successful loan spells down south over the least couple of seasons, where he has played a total of 22 times for the south coast club with 4 goals.
LuaLua is now fully fit again after he suffered a broken leg last season, and indeed made a couple of sub appearances for the Newcastle first team, in the last few games of the season.
We’d be very surprised if Newcastle boss Alan Pardew lets the player leave the club without first taking a good look at the youngster this summer, because he has undoubted ability and has added goals to his game, with 4 goals last season in 11 appearances for the League One Champions.
LuaLua has been talking to the local Brighton newspaper, The Argus, and this is what he had to say:
“Alan Pardew hasn’t said anything to me and I don’t expect him to say anything, because I’ve been injured.”
“We are back in training on July 5th, so hopefully by then I will be a Brighton player.”
It’s a little strange that Kazenga should come out with that rather brief and surprising statement, unless Brighton have made it clear to him they would like to sign him, as indeed Seagulls manager Gus Poyet has at least said in the press.
But we don’t think Newcastle should sell the player yet.
Hopefully Alan Pardew will take a good hard look at Kazenga in pre-season, and then decide what to do – maybe another loan spell at Brighton in the Championship next season would be a good deal for all parties.
LuaLua has appeared 15 times for the Newcastle first team so far, and the younger brother of former Newcastle striker Lomana, joined the Newcastle Academy back in 2005.
What do you think?