George Caulkin of the Times has tweeted that Sam Allardyce has inquired about Newcastle’s 22 year-old center-back Chancel Mbemba, who is currently away with the DR Congo squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
At the same time Newcastle have inquired again about Andros Townsend as Rafa hinted during his press conference earlier this afternoon, but he said there no new news on Andros.
Chancel Mbemba – on loan to Crystal Palace?
Crystal Palace representatives have asked Benitez about signing Mbemba on loan. In turn, Nufc have AGAIN asked about loaning Townsend …
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 27, 2017
The loan deal for Mbemba is likely to be with an option or obligation to buy in the summer, so the deal will depend on whether Rafa still sees the former Anderlecht star defender as having a future at Newcastle.
Certainly Chancel has not played well in the last two games he’s started for Newcastle – both home defeats – against Wolves and Blackburn Rovers.
But if Rafa is willing to allow Chancel go on loan it’s then very likely that Sam Allardyce will agree to a loan for Townsend back to Newcastle.
Newcastle do have cover at center-back with Isaac Hayden and Paul Dummett being able to play there as well as Grant Hanley being only too willing to step in to replace regulars Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles.
And we were impressed with 21 year-old Stuart Findlay against Birmingham last week and we expect Stuart to start the game tomorrow against Oxford United.
It’s still possible Newcastle can get Townsend in this month.