Jordan Lukaku will have his medical today at Newcastle, and if all is well, he will sign on at the club and be our first signing of the January transfer window with only 6 days to go before the window slams shut.
It’s left-back Jordan Lukaku, and it’s being reported that there is an option to buy in the loan contract of £19M.
But that seems a little ludicrous for a player who cannot get his first team place back at Lazio after finally recovering from injury.
Hopefully, that is an inaccurate transfer fee.
The player would have to be registered by noon today for him to be able to participate against Watford in the FA Cup 4th round tie tomorrow, but we don’t think that will be a priority for Rafa Benitez.
Jordan Lukaku – to have medical today
Newcastle have two tough Premier League game coming up next week against Manchester City at home on Tuesday night and Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.
We expect Lukaku to be in the squad for those two games and if Dummett is still unfit, he could start one or both games.
The 24-year-old left-back is the younger brother of Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku, and he should be a good loan signing and help us survive in the Premier League this season.
Rafa has wanted an attacking left back in for over two years now, and we finally have one but whether he is here long term remains to be seen.
We cannot see Mike Ashley paying a record fee of £19M or a left-back.
Rafa has his press conference today for the FA Cup game against Watford tomorrow, and there will be questions about his future.
Reports this week have suggested he’s at his breaking point with the intransigence and seeming lack of interest from owner Mike Ashley to get players in this month.
If Rafa sticks to form – he will refuse to talk about the transfer window and his own future.
And any potential takeover has seemed to fizzle out over the last week or so.
If we lose Rafa and there is no takeover, it will be a complete disaster this summer.