The Birmingham Post are reporting today that 27 year-old England International midfielder Fabian Delph has been linked with a move to St James’ Park.
Like a number of players who move to Manchester City he has fallen out of favor, but he has also picked up a number of injuries that haven’t helped.
Fabian Delph – loan move to Newcastle in January?
The report is that a loan move for the rest of the season at Newcastle with an option to buy could be in the works for Delph.
The former Aston Villa player is also fancied by West Brom and Everton.
This is what City manager Pep Guardiola has said about his injuries, as reported in the Birmingham Post:
“When I spoke to Fabian about that in the first part of the season I said you have to try to avoid injury.”
“He has done well but now is the end part of his rehabilitation. What we are looking for is for him to be fit and to help us.”
“We cannot talk about the future of the players when they are not on the pitch.”
“It is for him to be fit, to see his level, then at the end of the season we are going to decide what is the best for the club, for him, for everybody.”
The 27 year-old started his career at Bradford City before moving to Leeds United in 2001 and then to Aston Villa seven years ago.
He played 54 times with 6 goals for Leeds and 134 times with 8 goals for Aston Villa before making the surprise move to Manchester City in July, 2015 for £8M.
He has played 30 times for City with 3 goals and when he moved many pundits wondered if it was a good career move and if he would get many games at the Manchester club.
Fabian has 9 caps for England and made his debut in the friendly against Norway in September 2014, coming on as a 69th minute substitute.
Newcastle are listed as favorites to sign him on loan next month.
Newcastle need a creative midfielder and it looks like Rafa would want him on loan, but with an option to buy if he does well for Newcastle.
It will also depend on whether Fabian is willing to drop down to the second division for the rest of the season since West Brom and Everton can offer him Premier League football.
But if Rafa really wants him, we know the Spaniard can be very persuasive and he could get the best out of the very skillful midfielder.
What do you think?