There was news in the Sun a few days ago (we’re late on this – we missed it) which if true is not good news for Rafa Benitez or Newcastle United.
The 20-year-old England U20 World Cup-winning winger Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool is said to be less than keen to join Newcastle on loan and that’s certainly different from the news we have been hearing over the last couple of weeks.
The Sun report is that Ojo is not keen to move on loan to either Newcastle United, Derby County or Middlesbrough and in fact, is reported to be close to agreeing on a deal to go on loan to Championship club Fulham, who are pushing for promotion next season.
20-year-old Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo
Ojo was left out of Liverpool’s tour squad to Hong Kong but it was though at that time he was close to agreeing on a move to Newcastle because Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wanted him to have first team football next season.
Fulham only made their move for the player a few days ago so maybe – like Chelsea players Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Ojo never really wanted to play in the north-east on loan in the Premier League next season.
Ojo has played a total of 41 times for the England youth sides from U16 through U20 and made his first team debut for Liverpool in the FA Cup against Reading in January of last year.
Rafa was after him last summer for Newcastle and in January too – and he is highly regarded by the former Liverpool manager.
The Sun report says it’s a straight choice now between Fulham and Newcastle with Fulham installed as the favorites.
Well – would you believe it.
Maybe we should go after Josh Murphy of Norwich City and he can join his twin brother Jacob on Tyneside?
We know Josh would be keen to sign for us.
If Ojo doesn’t want to come to Newcastle – so be it – we should move on to some of our other targets.