There’s an exclusive report on Ghana web-site Kickgh.com published yesterday that Newcastle United want to sign Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu on a permanent basis.
The report is that Rafa Benitez has already seen enough of the player in training and in his 9 appearances for the Newcastle first team so far this season to convince the manager to sign him and they cite their internal sources.
Christian Atsu in action for Newcastle
We had written an article a couple of days ago that Christian could become Newcastle’s first signing in January.
Christian is currently on loan for the season from Chelsea and Newcastle have an option to buy him in the loan contract and the assumption is Newcastle can make the deal permanent in January.
The 24-year-old has also said he would love to settle down at Newcastle, after he has been sent on loan several times over the last three years since he signed for Chelsea from Porto on a five year deal for £3.5M in the summer of 2013.
He has often praised Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez who he says is a great man and a fantastic coach who has already made him a better player since he joined the Magpies.
Atsu has been on loan at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga over the last three years with varying levels of success, before joining Newcastle in the summer.
Christian has never played for the Chelsea first team and there has already been interest from other clubs because of his good form this season at Newcastle.
In late September Serie A club Torino were reported to be wanting to sign the player according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
In his appearances for Newcastle he has looked a very good right winger and on Tuesday night in the 6-0 rout of Preston North End in the EFL Cup Atsu hit the woodwork twice without scoring.
He is a fast, dangerous goal-scoring winger who has a great left foot.
We’d be delighted if Newcastle make the deal permanent in January.
What do you think?