The Chronicle’s chief sports reporter Lee Ryder has just tweeted that Newcastle are still in with more than a decent chance of getting 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January for the rest of the season.
It’s not surprising there’s competition to get this excellent young player next month, but Rafa Benitez must be a big attraction for both the player and Chelsea – because the London club will know he was in good hands with the former Chelsea manager.
20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) December 22, 2016
Loftus-Creek would be a good signing for us in January and would help our promotion drive, which is the only thing that really matters this season.
He has played for all the England Youth sides and 13 times with 5 goals for the England U21 side and is very highly regarded by the south London club.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen for the youngster to get playing time for the rest of the season and he would be given that at Newcastle, as Rafa is trying to add more creativity and class in central midfield.
It looks as though the loan deal would be a straight loan deal with no option or obligation to buy.