Winger Ryan Fraser was told to train with the reserves following our 1-1 draw at Howe’s former club Bournemouth and that’s the last we saw of Fraser last season.
He is currently on loan at Southampton, and Newcastle may try to do a permanent deal with the Saints for Fraser in January.
Fraser has no future at Newcastle, and he is said to be on as much as £60K/week wages, so getting Fraser off the wage bill in January would make sense as we expect at least 3 players to be coming in – maybe all on loan – to help with our injury crisis.
From all accounts, Fraser has done well at Southampton with 13 appearances and two goals and Ryan himself would like to make the move on the south coast permanent.
Southampton manager Russell Martin has previously indicated he would be happy to make Fraser’s deal permanent:
“We want good players and we want good characters – Ryan definitely fits into that.”
“Knowing Ryan and his capabilities, would he be someone that we want as part of the project here for longer than we have him?”
“Of course, but he has to do enough on the pitch to put himself in a position where everyone feels the same.”
The price mooted for Fraser, who played 59 games for Newcastle with 3 goals and 6 assists is just £4M.
That seems low, but we think Newcastle are more concerned about getting his £3M/year off the wage bill as soon as possible.
Fraser joined Newcastle back in September 2020 and he has 26 caps for Scotland with 4 goals.