Despite recent reports of a breakthrough for RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman, Steve Bruce tempered expectations that a deal was anywhere near close.
When asked about the 22-year-old Bruce made the following clarification:
“He’s another one, he is a good player. But it is a little bit far off at the moment.”
If the Northern Echo’s latest report is anywhere near accurate, a deal for Lookman is going to remain far off unless Leipzig soften their stance.
According to the Northern Echo, the eastern German club is reluctant to allow their winger to leave in January without recouping the £22.5m they paid for him this past summer, even at the end of a 6-month loan.
With Newcastle currently only willing to take Lookman on an initial loan, the two clubs remain far apart on a resolution.
Lookman is said to be very keen to join Newcastle as he’s not played since October. He also made only 4 appearances all season with just 200 minutes on the pitch.
Newcastle will want not want to make a rash decision on the enigmatic winger. He struggled at Everton last year and has not played much this season. So a loan deal with an option to buy is the correct stance to take on Lookman.
A fee of £22.5m would conceivably be enough to prise for Jarrod Bowen from Hull City. He’s done nothing on the pitch to diminish his position as a top target.
In fact, Bowen’s recent form should make Newcastle even more resolute to bring in the 23-year-old this month.