The Guardian is reporting that proposed Newcastle target Ryan Fraser has rejected Bournemouth’s short-term contract extension and will become a free agent on July 1st.
Bournemouth weren’t going to be able to keep their star winger beyond this season, with him being in the final year of his contract. However, it’s a massive blow to their survival hopes that he has refused to remain at the club for the remainder of this season.
The Cherries are currently in the final relegation place on 27 points with a goal difference of -18. They are level on points with Watford, who are one spot above them due to a superior goal difference.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh reported in April that Newcastle were interested in the 26-year-old should he become a free agent. That claim was also backed up by a report last month.
The Guardian is also reporting that Newcastle are one of the clubs looking to sign Fraser this summer. However, both Arsenal and Tottenham are no longer thought to be pursuing the winger.
This leaves Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and Watford as the primary interested parties. With Fraser rejecting the extension, he’ll be free to join on July 1st.
However, with the Premier League rejecting calls to alter the 25-man squads submitted after the winter transfer window, he’ll not be available to play until next season.
Of course, Newcastle are unlikely to make any moves until the ongoing takeover saga comes to a conclusion. Hopefully, it’ll be a celebratory one for Magpie fans.