According to talkSPORT Rafa Benitez is interested in taking Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare to Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season.
And you would think that Palace would not be interested in loaning a player to one of their relegation rivals, but that’s not the case with both Newcastle and Palace said to be keen on the loan deal.
TalkSPORT’s Geoff Peters has said the two clubs have already held discussions about the loan.
It would be a big surprise if this happens, but it looks like the two managers, Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson both want the loan deal to happen.
Pape Souare – in action for Crystal Palace
Souare has been at Palace since January of 2015 on a deal through the summer of 2019 for a fee reported to be around £3.45M.
He came from Lille, but he has hardly played for Palace although he has 22 caps for Senegal.
Souare’s only played 6 times in the last two seasons for Palace, so they are probably willing to loan him out to Newcastle because they don’t rate the player too highly.
Souare has played 57 times in total for Palace.
Here’s the tweet from Geoff Peters.
Newcastle and Crystal Palace have held discussions about Senegal international defender Pape Souare moving on loan to the Magpies this month. All parties are keen #nufc #cpfc pic.twitter.com/7WTFsAULRs
— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) January 9, 2018
We have to believe Rafa Benitez sees something in the player that he can develop at Newcastle.
Although Souare does seem like an unlikely target for Newcastle.
What do you think?