The loan window will open tomorrow and it seems that Nile Ranger will be a player targeted by a number of clubs.
Nile Ranger – in action at Aston Villa
Newcastle have said they would prefer to sell the player, and the asking price is said to be £1.5M for the 20 year-old, which seems to have put off a number of clubs.
The Tyneside club have said they will only loan the player out with a view to him leaving permanently, so we suppose that means if he is sent out on loan, there will be a clause in the loan contract that the club he goes to can then buy him in the summer for a stated fee.
But they don’t have to pick up that option, so we’re not sure what it really means, other than it’s clear Newcastle would have preferred Nile to leave the club permanently.
Nile seems to have missed his chance at Newcastle, and it’s clear Alan Pardew has now given up on him, because of his lack of professionalism, and the fact he has started to get himself into trouble off the field again.
But former manager Chris Hughton, now at Birmingham, seems the favorite to land the England U19 and U20 International, and of course he was the manager who brought Nile through at Newcastle during the promotion season, and gave the lad his big chance.
The Newcastle striker was in talks over a move to St Andrews this summer, but Birmingham and Newcastle could not agree on a deal because the Midlands club wanted a loan deal only, and Newcastle wanted to sell.
Birmingham lost Cameron Jerome to Stoke last Wednesday, and we think it’s very possible that Ranger will be sent out on a season long loan deal to Birmingham.
There was news over the last few days that Leeds United were interested in Ranger, but manager Simon Grayson said that was simply not true, and they were not even in the market for a striker, after they had brought in striker Andy Keogh a few weeks before.
Somebody must have just made up the story we suppose – that’s unusual.
We don’t expect any other Newcastle players to leave on loan, but you never can tell, and some of our youngsters may be sent out on short term deals, to get first team playing time.