Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has suggested that it could be unlikely that the Magpies will manage to sort out any exists for some of their fringe players before the window closes.
The Magpies had been keen to move on a quartet of players, whose collective wage bill of around £100,000-a-week hampered their ability to make further loan signings on the final day of the European window, as per Chronicle Live. Those players were Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Henri Henri Saivet and Achraf Lazaar.
Championship interest but exists looking unlikely
Newcastle have fielded interest from Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Watford for a potential loan move for Atsu, as per Football Insider. The versatile Ghanaian is well down the pecking order at St James’ Park and the Magpies are hopeful of shifting him out to the English second tier before the window shuts.
Meanwhile, the Magpies have also been in talks with Huddersfield Town over Rolando Aarons. The Championship club are set to have renewed funds by the potential £15 million departure of Karlan Grant to West Brom, as per the Daily Mail.
However, speaking in his press conference ahead of Newcastle’s meeting with Manchester United, Bruce revealed that whilst the Magpies have fielded a few enquiries for some of their fringe players, it is not looking likely they will leave at this stage.
He said: “One or two enquiries but that’s about it, really.
“It’s disappointing for the lads who obviously need to go and play so we’ll see what happens in the next few hours, but I would doubt it.”
Setbacks for Bruce, Aarons and Atsu
It has been clear that both Saivet and Lazaar would not be able to secure moves away for some time now, with the pair set to see out their respective deals with the Magpies on the fringes of the squad. However, it had looked possible that both Aarons and Atsu could get the moves they needed to get some regular game time.
Aarons is a player who was labelled as ‘terrific’ by Bruce whilst on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, but he is well down the pecking order at St James’ Park. Atsu, meanwhile, made just six starts last term averaging just 40 minutes per game last term, via Sofascore, and it looks like the pair are in for more frustration until at least the January window.
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