Newcastle Reported To Be Keen On New Central Midfield Target

The Newcastle players will start arriving at the Benton training grounds later today with Rafa Benitez and his staff ready to welcome them back.

And we should find out fairly soon which first teamers are asked to train with the U23 side, because they will be  the ones who have no future at Newcastle and will be sold this summer.

The news this morning is that Newcastle United are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and that news is in the Telegraph.

Chelsea have decided to make him available, but it’s another season loan deal and we doubt there will be an option to buy the player.

But we suppose getting a player in like Loftus-Cheek means we can can make our transfer money go further this summer.

But we don’t particularly like these deals because they seems to favor the other club more than Newcastle.

Let’s just hope it’s not like the last time we went after a Chelsea player on loan – that saga earlier this summer with Tammy Abraham was not good and he ended up going to Swansea.

And of course we will face major competition from a number of Premier League clubs to get the 21 year-old, who has always looked a good player when he’s been in the Chelsea first team.

He’s played 17 times for the England U21 side with 7 goals and no doubt he would be a good addition to next season’s squad – if we can get him.

Rafa was keen to sign this player on loan in January, but in the end Chelsea decided to keep him at the club and have him fight for a first team place.

We did sign Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea so we have done some business with Chelsea this summer.

But the Tammy Abraham long drawn out saga was not good and Newcastle spent a lot of time trying to get the 19 year-old striker to Newcastle for the season and we are now no better off.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez certainly rates Loftus-Cheek, who can be a box to box midfielder and would certainly benefit from a season training with Rafa.

But other than his displays for the Magpies this season Newcastle don’t get too much else out of the deal.

Ruben made only 11 appearances for Chelsea last season and in total he’s played 32 times for the Blues first team with two goals.

He would be a good loan singing but we are more interested at this stage in getting some permanent deals completed as soon as possible.

Such as the one for 26 year-old Frenchman Florian Lejeune which seems to have gone awfully quiet over the last few days.

From the news on Lejeune last week we thought he would have been signed by now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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