A bit of a curious one this, Mike Ashley’s shoddy SD News website has today mentioned in passing, that Newcastle had a failed loan offer for Jack Rodwell turned down on January transfer deadline day.

The 22 year old midfielder moved from Everton to Manchester City for a fee that could reach £15m with the various add-ons, though Rodwell has suffered with injury and being all but ignored when he has been fit . The City player only starting seven Premier League matches since the move in August 2012.

jack rodwellI find this one almost believable, unlike most of the rubbish transfer speculation rubbish that populates Ashley’s news website, as it is mentioned only in passing with regard to their main ‘story’, rather than making a song and dance out of it.

The report mentions Newcastle tried to bring in Rodwell as a temporary replacement for Cabaye until the end of the season, with the main thrust of their piece suggesting United will try and sign Wil Hughes.

As the eighteen year old Derby County  midfielder is being linked with pretty much every Premier League club, as usual you can take the SD News ‘Exclusive’ (they put on nearly every story!) tag to their main story with a pinch of salt, along with their shoddy headline;  ‘Magpies To Swoop For Midfield Man’.

In light of the Remy and De Jong deals, it would be no surprise to see Ashley increasingly make use of the loan transfer market, with it possibly appearing a short-term cheaper fix to try and ensure Premier League survival rather than committing to significant transfer fees and expensive long-term contracts.

I suppose a good question to ask yourself with regard to how you see things going under Ashley’s ‘transfer startegy’  is the following; Would you think it more likely that at the end of this season Newcastle would try and sign a £12m rated player like Will Hughes on a long-term contract, or go for a year loan deal for a player such as Jack Rodwell?