Rafa Benitez wants to sign Luke Shaw in January according to reports on Sunday morning.
The Manchester United defender has been totally sidelined and is yet to appear in the Premier League this season.
In fact, he has only even made the bench once in the league as an unused sub and only got on the pitch briefly in two League Cup games.
Signed by Louis van Gaal back in summer 2014, Luke Shaw became the then most expensive teenager in world football, costing Man Utd £30m.
The report in The Mirror claims that Jose Mourinho would be happy to see the defender go out on loan, or even be sold, which is hardly a surprise when Luke Shaw started 35 Premier League matches as an 18 year old in the 2013/14 season when Southampton finished eighth, but in these next three and a half years has started only 29 PL games for Manchester United.
There is claimed to be also interest from Southampton but that looks a bit dubious when they already have the excellent Ryan Bertrand at left-back and their desperate need is for players further up the pitch. Southampton have only scored nine goals all season but their defence has done relatively ok with 14 conceded.
No doubt Newcastle will be linked with any number of out of favour Premier League players in the coming weeks but undoubtedly the team is desperate for quality on the left hand side, particularly at left-back, even once the dependable but limited Paul Dummett returns.
Luke Shaw has started a handful of Manchester United reserve matches so his fitness appears to be ok now after a number of injury problems, though if Mike Ashley is still here you wonder if he would even be willing to cover the defender’s wages, never mind any potential loan fee. The two factors that reportedly put the block on a loan deal for Tammy Abraham in the summer.
As an 18 year old, Luke Shaw signed a four year contract with an option to extend for a further year, so his contract ends next summer but in reality another season will no doubt be added on if necessary by Manchester United, to protect their investment and ensure a partial return on their outlay.
Newcastle need extra quality in a number of areas but left-back has been a constant for years and along with a new goalkeeper and other positions, he wasn’t able to upgrade due to lack of funds in the summer