The Metro is reporting that Newcastle’s move for Chelsea’s central midfielder Marco Van Ginkel, who we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks, could be close to completion, with the news that Newcastle have approached Chelsea with a one year loan deal proposal for the 21 year-old Dutch International.
Marco van Ginkel in action for Chelsea
The youngster has been on loan at AC Milan last season where he played 18 times with one goal, and Chelsea would prefer their midfielder to spend next season with a Premier League club.
Newcastle have made an offer to Chelsea and the Metro is reporting that Chelsea have accepted the deal, so let’s hope Newcastle can close the deal before other clubs move in for the highly regarded youngster.
Newcastle seem to be getting their act together quickly this week, with John Carver and Steve Stone leaving the club, and Steve McClaren close to being announced (today hopefully) as the new head coach at Newcastle with his own coaching team coming in.
Either Steve Round or Lee Clark are expected to be the assistant manager – probably Steve Round if we had to hazard a guess.
A hitch could be that AC Milan want to keep the youngster on loan in Italy for next season, but if it’s accurate that Chelsea want him to play in the Premier League, which seems to be a reasonable next step for the midfielder, then hopefully we can get this loan deal completed.
Marco has played four times for the full Chelsea side and we expect Newcastle to arrange a transfer fee, so if he plays well for us next season, Newcastle will have a chance of signing him full time at the end of the season.
Steve McClaren as our head coach is also highly regarded in coaching circles, and clubs will be more willing to send players on loan to Newcastle, with Steve’s very good reputation for bringing youngsters through.