Newcastle United are prepared to allow Christian Atsu to leave the club on loan before the end of the domestic transfer window on October 16, according to Football Insider.
Atsu is currently attracting the interests of both Watford and Nottingham Forest, who are both working to try and complete a deal for the 28-year-old before the window closes. Newcastle are keen to get the Ghanaian off their wage bill, or at least some of his wages, given he is not in Steve Bruce’s first-team plans, as per Football Insider.
Atsu has found himself largely a bit-part player at St James’ Park since Bruce took over as manager at the start of last season. The versatile 28-year-old, who can play in both the wide positions and attacking midfield, managed to make just 19 Premier League appearances last term, of which only six were starts (via Sofascore).
The Ghana international has so far this season only made one appearance for the Magpies, coming off the bench in their Carabao Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers. Atsu has only managed to score three goals in the last three campaigns in the Premier League and so a move away to the Championship looks ideal for him to re-find some form.
It had been looking likely that Atsu would leave the club this window, but it was not known whether the Magpies would want a permanent deal or would be willing to loan him out. Given the financial constraints on EFL clubs at the moment a loan move is probably the best way for Newcastle to allow him to go and get regular game time.
Atsu should be a decent addition for either Watford or Nottingham Forest, with the 28-year-old having shown he can perform in the Championship. During the 2016/17 season, he averaged an 81% passing accuracy as well as scoring five goals to help the Magpies win promotion (via Sofascore).
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