Newcastle United are reportedly set to lose out on the signing of Axel Tuanzebe to one of their rivals in the Premier League.
The Lowdown: Newcastle were favourites
The St. James’ Park faithful were reportedly in pole position to sign Tuanzebe not so long ago, with Steve Bruce being an admirer of the player who he has previously worked with.
Should Newcastle have signed Tuanzebe?
People in the camp of the Manchester United central defender were thought to be ‘delighted’ with the North East club’s interest, although no deal has ever come into fruition.
The Latest: Villa set to sign Tuanzebe
As per The Athletic, Aston Villa are now set to sign Tuanzebe on a loan deal for the 2021/22 season, meaning that the Tyneside club are set to lose out on his signature.
It is reportedly ‘expected’ that he will now join Dean Smith’s team, who is keen to sign him as cover for both centre-back and right-back.
The Verdict: Shame
It would be a real shame for the Magpies to lose out on the signing of Tuanzebe, especially to one of their rivals in the top flight.
Described as ‘outstanding’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an impressive display in the UEFA Europa League against Granada back in April, he is capable of performing at the highest level, having also racked up a fair amount of experience in playing in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, his added versatility would have been very useful to have in Bruce’s squad, but it looks as if they are going to miss out on the chance to sign him.
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