Newcastle United’s summer business could be done with a source suggesting Hamza Choudhury now won’t arrive from Leicester City, The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has revealed.
The lowdown: Deal close
Edwards had tweeted earlier on Tuesday that Newcastle were ‘close’ to signing Choudhury on loan.
Choudhury was limited to just four Premier League starts for Leicester last season, making a further six substitute appearances.
The 23-year-old would have taken up one of two available slots for loan signings from within the Premier League.
Newcastle also pursued this deal back in January and apparently came within ‘a hair’s breath’ of getting it over the line.
The latest: Bombshell
‘Someone now appears to be briefing’ that the Choudhury deal is off, and that Newcastle’s ‘business is done’, stated Edwards in a late and worrying bombshell.
He then added that by ‘someone’ he means the Magpies themselves, saying ‘I predict trouble ahead’.
Steve Bruce apparently thought the loan was doable, while both Leicester and the player himself ‘thought this was happening’.
The verdict: Disaster
Choudhury would have been a reasonable but uninspiring signing. Even if he had come in, Newcastle would have been left short, with an upgrade at centre-half also needed.
But the fallout from the deal’s apparent collapse may far outweigh the limited impact Choudhury’s arrival would have had. Indeed, Edwards himself has already dubbed it ‘scandalous’, and it really does feel like Bruce is now fighting a losing battle.
The Toon are stuck in 17th place with just one point, and it’s hard to see their form improving if they don’t make any late additions.
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