Newcastle United have not held any talks over potentially re-signing Valentino Lazaro, Shields Gazette journalist Liam Kennedy insists.
It was reported by Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Sport Witness) on Monday that negotiations over a potential comeback were underway.
Inter Milan’s Lazaro spent the latter half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at St James’ Park, earning four Premier League starts and nine substitute appearances.
He remains on the Serie A champions’ books but was sent to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach last term.
Lazaro, who played one game for Austria at the European Championships, still has three years left on his Inter contract and is valued at £9million by Transfermarkt.
Kennedy reports that Newcastle are yet to open talks with Inter over a deal, nor have they made contact with the player and his representatives ‘so far this summer’.
He does, though, corroborate the claim that Lazaro would be open to returning to Tyneside.
Still, there ought to be ‘scepticism’ over whether Newcastle’s stance has changed 12 months on from deciding against a permanent move.
Interestingly, Gazzetta’s report mentioned that Lazaro had ‘admirers’ in Germany on the back of his stint at Monchengladbach. Perhaps these believable rumours have been spun by his agent in an attempt to draw a better offer from the speedster’s Bundesliga suitors.
But what if Newcastle are genuinely considering it? Well, a report from The Mirror (via The Mag) suggested that Matt Ritchie was keen to leave this summer, and Lazaro could be viewed as both a sensible and familiar replacement.
In other news, Steve Howey has placed a value on Joe Willock.
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