The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has given the OK to manager Rafa Benitez to try to sign 24-year-old Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan.
The report mentions that two other Premier League clubs – Everton and Brighton – are also interested in signing the Bristol-born player.
Bryan has played very well over the last two seasons for the Robins, and this season they are currently in a playoff position in 5th place in the Championship with 48 points from their 28 games.
It’s surprising to us with Bristol a promotion-chasing side this season that they would consider selling one of their top players this month.
But the Mirror is reporting they will allow Bryan to leave Ashton Gate this month for a fee of £7M.
24-year-old Joe Bryan – Bristol City left-back
Newcastle have needed another left back to challenge Paul Dummett for the starting position at Newcastle for some time, and it would seem that Bryan would be a good buy at just £7M.
Newcastle could probably even afford that fee this month, although they may try to do a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer – if that’s a possibility.
There’s no doubt that Bryan has been in outstanding form for his hometown club this term, and while he is untested at the highest level, £7M isn’t much to pay for a player with promise these days.
But he has no Premier League experience and Rafa wants experienced players brought into the side this month if he can get those players through the door.
Bryan is versatile and can play either at left back on or the left wing, so if we cannot get Kenedy in from Chelsea, he could be a decent alternative.
And it’s looking like deja vu all over again, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte probably not allowing the Brazilian to leave the club on loan this month – but not telling Newcastle until January 31st.
Rafa will have to move for another left-sided player soon if he cannot get a straight answer from Chelsea on the status of Kenedy.
What do you think?