According to reliable Chronicle Live reporter Lee Ryder, the ‘opportunity for a high profile loan move’ to sign Man City star John Stones could be presented to Newcastle United in January.
The Lowdown: PIF era begins…
In a seismic turn of events, the Mike Ashley era at Newcastle is now finally over with PIF taking full control in a £305 million takeover at St. James’ Park.
Should Newcastle sign John Stones?
Following much delay, the Saudi consortium’s acquisition of United finally went through last week after they passed the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test for a sale.
As such, a new era has begun on Tyneside with Newcastle now becoming the one of the richest clubs in the world.
The Latest: Newcastle could sign Stones…
Following on from this major development in the club’s history, there have been no shortage of transfer links to football’s elite players, with news now emerging involving Stones.
The star centre-back, who shone alongside Ruben Dias in the Premier League last year, has cut a slightly more bit-part figure over 2021/2022 so far.
He has managed to appear for England but opportunities have been non-existent under Pep Guardiola, due to the resurgence of teammate Aymeric Laporte.
If Stones’ lack of chances continue, Ryder claims that a Newcastle deal for the 27-year-old may ‘fall on the lap’ of PIF (Chronicle Live).
Despite the player signing a new £250,000-per-week City deal in August, Steve Bruce’s side may be gifted the opportunity to take him on loan in January.
Labelled as what would be a ‘hugely popular’ move, Newcastle and PIF could indeed be handed that chance according to Ryder.
The Verdict: Get it done…
Lauded as ‘outstanding‘ by former Premier League defender Jonathan Woodgate, Stones could certainly be an ideal acquisition for Newcastle in January and one who is proven at the very top level.
The defender revitalised his career at City last year whilst also impressing on the international stage under Gareth Southgate.
Even signing him on loan could be a masterstroke by PIF as Newcastle aim to avoid the drop and enjoy their newly-found riches.
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