Paddy Kenny has claimed that Newcastle United will be ‘devastated’ that they missed out on signing Hamza Choudhury in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Choudhury talks
As per Football Insider, talks between Leicester City and the Magpies had been terminated, and a source from the northeast claimed that a deal was close.
Should Newcastle sign Choudhury?
It is understood that the Tyneside club were not able to offload a player in order to make room for the 23-year-old’s arrival in the squad.
The Latest: Kenny on Choudhury
Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League goalkeeper Kenny has claimed that Steve Bruce’s side will be feeling ‘devastated’ that they could not get a deal for Choudhury over the line before the window shut. He said:
“They’ll be devastated to lose out on deadline day like that.
“He’s a good player but why leave it so late? There’s just no need. Why leave things to the last minute like that when you’ve had all summer?
“They haven’t been able to get rid of a player out of the squad and that’s meant they can’t register him.
“It just makes things more difficult for them now because they haven’t been able to strengthen and get that player they wanted.”
The Verdict: It’s a shame
It is a real shame that the Magpies ended up losing out on Choudhury, given their lack of transfer activity throughout the window.
They only managed to bring in one player permanently in Joe Willock from Arsenal, and he had already spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park.
Choudhury has plenty of experience at Premier League level and would have offered Bruce another combative option in the middle of the park, having won 1.2 tackles per game over the course of his career.
Nonetheless, it is a deal that Newcastle may look to explore once more in January, seeing as they left it too late this time around, as Kenny has suggested.
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