A journalist has dropped why Newcastle United were unable to sign Hamza Choudhury on Transfer Deadline Day.
The Lowdown: Choudhury linked
There were a number of reports throughout the window of Choudhury being linked with a move to St. James’ Park, as Liam Kennedy claimed that a deal could go down to the wire (Newcastle World).
Should Newcastle sign Choudhury?
Writing in a piece for The Chronicle, Mark Douglas claimed that Choudhury was ‘keen’ on a loan move to the North East, and that there was a ‘willingness’ from both teams to try and sort out a deal.
The Latest: Why move failed
Writing for The Chronicle, Ciaran Kelly has now shared why a move for Choudhury to the Tyneside club never materialised in the end.
According to the journalist, Leicester City ultimately decided against letting the central midfield player go because Brendan Rodgers could not sign his ‘favoured replacement’.
Choudhury was reportedly ‘hoping’ that he could sign for Steve Bruce’s side, and the Foxes were ‘open’ to doing a deal, but not being able to bring in the replacement meant that he had to stay put.
The Verdict: Shame
It is certainly a shame that the Magpies did not end up signing Choudhury, especially given that they only managed to bring in one first-team player in the shape of Joe Willock from Arsenal.
The Englishman has plenty of experience of playing in the Premier League, and would have offered Bruce another handy option in midfield.
Nonetheless, the Toon may now have to wait until the January window to try again for Choudhury – if their form continues the way it is, it could be too late by then.
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