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Steve Bruce Gives Cautious Update On Pursuit Of Valentino Lazaro

During his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce was again asked about Valentino Lazaro, and this time the head coach provided a few details on Newcastle’s pursuit of the 23-year-old.

The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly has tweeted the following comment from Bruce on the progress of Lazaro’s move to Newcastle.

There’s reason for optimism but also concern in Bruce’s update. We could see significant progress in the next day or two on the move for Lazaro. So at least this one may not drag on for too long.

However, it now looks like Newcastle will face some stiff competition for his signature.

That competition could be from Red Bull Leipzig, who were credited with an interest in the Austrian a few days ago. Lazaro played for fellow Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin before joining Inter this past summer.

There is a report in Siempre Inter that Newcastle now face competition from RB Leipzig who have reportedly contacted Inter about Lazaro.

The information provided originated with the German outlet Bild and could be a cause for concern.

RB Leipzig can offer Lazaro Champions League football and are in search of another right-back. They had their sights set on former Leverkusen right-back Benjamin Henrichs, but Monaco are reluctant to let him leave.

Hopefully, Newcastle still have the best offer on the table for Lazaro and can complete a deal this week. His agent must have been impressed with St James Park on Saturday, provided he stayed until the final whistle.

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28 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 20, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Sad to hear about Willems and Dummett. Big losses.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 20, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Do we have an actual ITK on the blog!! 😀 Bentalab looks on now lol

  • cyprus

    Jan 20, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    A few posts back, good thoughts regarding elite clubs and the rest. Can we compete or does it have to be park the bus?

    Well, teams like Swansea, Southampton, Leicester, in very recent years, have shown that it doesn’t have to be defensive for the little guys. Remember Swansea outpassing and outplaying a full form Arsenal? Southampton absolutely thrashing us?

    It’s doable. More so than before. ALL teams can afford major investment in players. A 10-20 million player can be as good or better than a 40-60 million one

    I’m for playing the game, giving as good as you take, going for it. That was the Newcastle way until the last few years.

    But, now, we are and have been for recent years, a side that grinds out results. I’ll take that, if it steadies the ship and makes us an established PL side, which we aren’t.

    Imagine a side with three Almirons and a couple ASMs. They’d terrorise teams. We can slowly do that. One top player at a time.

    Hope we find one or two this window.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 20, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    More loans? Maybe mike’s trying to make it a team of subbies, we know he just loves his outsourcing. 🙂

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Guess the likes of cyprien and sissoko are off at least until the summer. Could be wrong but I’m sure he’s coming off an injury?

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    So Cyprus we aren’t an established PL side? Why is that?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    So can anyone really remember what Bentaleb was like for Spurs ? I seem to remember him being quite tough tackling but that’s about it

    Algerian players do tend to come with good work rate and are physical which is a bonus Slimani worked hard when he was match fit and Mahrez has scary work rate in terms of pressing

  • kc2012

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Bentaleb is a cracking signing

  • JDdubai

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Was Bentaleb not a defensive midfielder, but similar to Hayden? Sure he dropped into the defence a few times for Spurs too. Can’t see him as the playmaker.

    Left wingback

    Still needed….

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Marc Siekmann
    ? @siekmann_m
    4m4 minutes ago

    #S04 – @nabilbentaleb42 is already in #Newcastle and will undergo medical examinations today. If everything is fine, #Bentaleb will be on loan for the rest of the season. @NUFC will have an option to buy him in the summer. #NUFC

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s not had a great year mind…

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    How anti climatic

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    “At one point the Algerian looked every bit as good a prospect as Kane, but perhaps lacked the same maturity and focus, and eventually a fallout with Mauricio Pochettino, as The Independent details, saw him sold in 2017.

    Used as a holding player at Spurs, Bentaleb is a more complete midfielder these days, as a record of 19 goals in 97 appearances for Schalke proves.”

    From https://theboyhotspur.com/report-nabil-bentaleb-looking-for-premier-league-return/

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Seems to have a bit of an attitude problem – fell out with Pochettino, has been condemned to the U23s by Schalke since last March.

    I hope Bruce is indeed a good man manager, cos he’s likely to have his work cut out for him with this lad.

    He should speak good English and communication with the squad should be less of a problem. I think having been through the Spurs academy, he probably counts as a home-grown player too.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #16

    If Bentaleb comes in, does that leave Matty free to go out on loan to a good Champo team for regular minutes?

    I don’t think he’s had a loan yet and could probably do with a good long run in a first team squad.

  • G

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Only things I really remember about Bentaleb’s time at Spurs was Tim Sherwood used to rave about him, as if he was the future of football. Once Sherwood was dismissed I believe he was considered to ‘not-be-a-top-4-midfielder’ (Spurs aspiration at the time). He didn’t look a bad player to me, bit of the enforcer, bit of the ball holder about him. I believe he has had his attitude in Germany questioned?

  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #18

    can he play LB ???

  • cyprus

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Because we keep getting relegated.

  • posada

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Sooner or later we will have to move to a different style.
    A style that can compete.
    There was some hope in the West Ham away game.
    We did have I think everyone fit and available for that one.

    Thing is it’s about the players we have. Not just attacking options.
    Think Liverpool. Their 2 CBs last night and most games are quick. They can push right up without fear of getting done for pace.

    Ours. Leguene and Schar. Fine players in many ways, but can’t do that.
    Hence what Jose calls the low block tactic.

  • G

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    I may have imagined this, but I think he did play LB for Spurs a couple of times. Think he scored from LB position in one of the cups?

  • geordietom

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    if he’s half as good as Cheick Tioté i’ll be happy …

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like a tough tackling midfielder. Not necessarily what we needed, but have missed that since Tiote and later Diame left.

    Would love us to get Bowen and Wylan Cypien signed. Not too fussed with Lazaro, unless he comes in for RB/RWB. He’s better than Kraft that’s for sure but on par with Yedlin.

    Really hope were not after Lazaro instead of Bowen.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24
  • RobLeenio

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Lazaro is a mooted loan deal till the end of the season, when Hull will likely have missed out on promotion and Bowen will therefore be pushing for a move.

    The deals are not mutually exclusive.

    Hull have a option on a one year extension, if they don’t find a buyer this window, they’ll activate that clause and we’ll have to buy Bowen out of it in the Summer.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Well if we get Lazaro and Bentilab on loan then that’s our loans done for the season. The next one would have to be with proper dosh. Will AshLie dip his hand in his deep pockets and give us Bowen and/or Cypien or is that the end of our transfer business??

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Bentaleb isn’t an enforcer primarily. He’s a playmaker first and foremost, very good technically and understands how to build attacks, always looking to pass forward, will muck in defensively and has good mobility/physicality to hold his own in close quarters.

    Odd signing, but can’t say I’m against it. Definite improvement on Sean Longstaff and good enough to take his place in the XI when he gets a chance.

    Will keep Shelvey honest now he has a playmaker competitor because Ki lets face it is even less mobile and able to keep up with demands of tempo of PL football than Shelvey, probably why Bruce doesn’t think he is good enough.

    Sell Ki and bring in Bentaleb. Good business.

  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I have to say while ITK’s normally get a lot of stick on here full credit to Frank who seems to have got it spot on and was reporting long before any of the media outlets.


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