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Worrying Update On Newcastle Loan Target As Agent Spotted With Bundesliga Leaders

Newcastle were reported to have resumed talks with Valentino Lazaro’s agent, Max Hagmayr, yesterday.

However, if that’s the case, then Newcastle is not the only team the agent had a meeting with yesterday.

The Northern Echo are reporting that Hagmayr met with Red Bull Leipzig representatives on Monday.

They also provided the following tweet showing a picture of Lazaro’s agent along with Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche.

According to the report, Leipzig are very interested in bringing Lazaro in this month and are trying to hijack any reported deal Newcastle have for the Austrian.

They also reportedly tried to get the 23-year-old this past summer before he opted for Inter Milan.

Hagmayr has recently disputed that any agreement has been reached with Newcastle just yet. This is what the agent said yesterday:

“I was in Newcastle and we had talks, but there is no agreement yet. As for the future, we’ll see what happens over the next few days.

“There isn’t just Newcastle, he has other options.”

This is a troubling development in Newcastle’s pursuit of Lazaro. RB Leipzig are 4 points clear in the Bundesliga table and have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League.

However, at Leipzig, Lazaro could find himself in a similar position that he is in at Inter. Leipzig play in a 4-2-4 but have two right-sided players who Lazaro could find it very hard to get in front of.

Their right-back is Lukas Klostermann. The 23-year-old is also a full German international with 8 caps. Though he is being targeted by both Bayern Munich and Dortmund for possible moves this month.

Klostermann also has been playing center-back recently as Leipzig have lost two central defenders to severe injuries in Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate. If he continues playing centrally, that could open the door for Lazaro to get into the team.

On the right-wing, there is Marcel Sabitzer, who is Lazaro’s Austrian international teammate. The 25-year-old has been unreal for Leipzig this season, scoring 12 goals and adding 8 assists in all competitions.

Hopefully, Newcastle can still convince Lazaro that his best option is in the Premier League as a Magpie.

18 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Just another Agent being a piece of shite.
    It’s not about the player it’s all about how much money he will make. Fcuking agents.

  • Blofal

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Exactly right.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3


    How do you know the player wants to come here?

    Top of the bundesliga, in the CL quarter finals vs midtable premier league team with little desire to get into europe…

    Id suggest that any ambitious player would go for Leipzig in this situation and the only thing we have over them is potentially paying more wages.

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Comment #12

    Could it be that we’re fannying on over relative pennies – again.

    Lazaro’s agent comes to SJP, speaks to Charmless when he counting out his biscuit, then Barnes who’d doubtless be trying to screw him over rather than negotiate a deal in good faith.

    Now, it appears that Barnes thinks the price Hull want for Bowen doesn’t represent value for money as his contractor’s running down. Hull want £20m and Barnes offers £12m plus add ons. Again, the club doesn’t seem willing to try to broker a mutually acceptable deal. One thing’s for sure, if the lads as good as he’s cracked up to be, then another club’ll step in with a realistic bid. The market decides a player’s value – not a man who’s driven by profit at all costs!

    Why should the names of Van Dijk, Pea and others come to mind?

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Assassins means the agent is using us to push up the price ( and his fee ) to Leipzig

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6



    That seems to be the way with agents these days. Greedy bustards who’d get on famously with the likes of Ashley and Barnes with whom one’s expect greedy agents to cut the crap and be straight with one another.

  • martoon

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree agents are the scourge of the game but in this case if there are 2 clubs showing an interest should the player’s agent not listen to their offers and negotiate the best deal for their client?

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently Bild are saying that Nabil Bentaleb is on £85k / week, which we will be covering. As far as I was aware, JonJo was our highest earner on £70k / week.

    If Bild are correct, we’ve just broken our salary cap, which will give hope to all those looking to extend / renew their contracts at NUFC currently.

    When (if) we sign the guy permanently, presumably he’s going to want a pay increase to do so.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    i read that yesterday that he was on 85k but it was euro’s ????

  • tartangeordie

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t blame him for wanting Champions league football and playing in a side top of the bundesliga. Good move by his agent to force his move, playing us off against Leipzig.
    If he doesn’t want to come then we shouldn’t want him,end off.
    Wish I was a fly on the wall with the first conversation with Lascelles and Bentaleb!

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    which takes it to £72,306.95

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Sabitzer is brilliant btw. Anyway, anyone think there’ll be a little merry go round? Lazaro to Leipzig, freeing up Lookman to come here as was reported earlier in the window?

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #13

    How do you know he doesn’t?

    Maybe he wants to try the Prem, maybe he see’s more playing time at Newcastle, maybe more playing time gives him more potential for the World or European Cup.

    No one knows, the one thing I do know is agents are interested in making more money for themselves and having that photo published in such a public way only means he is only interested in getting a bidding war.

    I for one don’t rate the player and think there’s probably better options out there.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    ronaldo aarons

    i think that’s exactly were it’s heading 😉

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    ronaldo @12: Lazaro is not a like-for-like replacement of Lookman isn’t it?

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Which ever way its heading I wish they would hurry up because games are fast going by where new players could be making a difference

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit, lol at including the pennies – dedication!

    I got the info from The Mag, which is obviously a third party reference, so I looked up the article on Bilditself


    After 3.5 years in the Schalke jersey for midfield man Nabil Bentaleb (25 / contract until 2021), the Pott Club is over!

    The Algerian is about to switch to Newcastle United on loan and will be parked at the Premier League club for six months.

    According to BILD information, the English pay around 1 million rental fee, then have a purchase option for 10 million euros.

    What remains of Bentaleb on Schalke? Especially a hole in the till …

    Bentaleb to England – Schalke solves his most expensive problem

    Review: In 2016, ex-manager Christian Heidel (56) only brought Bentaleb on loan from Tottenham, then made it the second most expensive purchase in the club’s history to date with a transfer fee of 22.5 million euros.

    Because instead of convincing on the square, the self-sufficient big earner (around 5 million euros salary) keeps dancing out of line with discipline:

    Bentaleb is suspended on Schalke a total of four (!) Times and finally sorted out by coach David Wagner (48) in the summer.

    Bitter: Because in August a transfer to Bremen bursts due to a knee surgery at the last second, he also blocked important transfer coal for a new striker. Because despite being relegated to the reserve, Bentaleb continued to collect his salary as normal …

    Newcastle will do this in the future – Schalke’s most expensive misunderstanding will soon be over!

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Laschelles-Clarke paring should be good for Calvert-Lewin. But Everton’s strong midfield calls for 4231 with Ritchie and Schär as double pivot. Well… probably expecting too much.


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