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



  • Paul Patterson

    Why does this club always address problems AFTER they occur? THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THE SUMMER!!

    • Leazes Ender

      Why didn’t Shearer criticise the team set up or player selection on MOTD, I thought we would get the full analysis but instead we get five minutes of a game and Lineker stating that all of Shearers pointed comments were off camera… what good was that!

      Its no good ‘blanket blaming’ the players when you come on air Alan…. It was the set up, the selection before lack of motivation and skill.

      Why didn’t he give Ashley the final push?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Yes typically reactive instead of proactive.Sums NUFC up at the minute I’m afraid.

    • Jezza

      It didn’t happen in the summer because as always Fatso preferred to line his own pocket than strengthen the team.

  • TheNutJob

    we do need cover at left back, but seriously, it`s strikers we need.
    Fatty Out !

    • Leazes Ender

      You can say that again

      • TheNutJob

        It`s strikers we need
        😁😁

        • Leazes Ender

          What a Carry On.

        • Kneebotherm8

          And a left back and a goalie,as Rafa seems to have been saying all along,with little or no response from the powers that be at the football club.

  • Leazes Ender

    Two golden rules of transfers….

    1. Do your homework on the player…. he’s recovering from a broken foot. Search…../luke-shaw/leistungsdaten/spieler/183288…. not in squad

    2. Never buy players from Manchester Heath. if they are willing to sell to a competitor…..it means he’s Kaput…. they only sell good players abroad.

    • Paul Patterson

      3. Is the player better than what we already have?

      • Leazes Ender

        With a broken foot…. hmmm ….. yes.

        • Paul Patterson

          He’ll be fine by January.

          • Leazes Ender

            toes crossed

    • StevieB

      We’re not Man Utd’s competition though, I agree with what your saying……it’s right about Man U ……but wrong about Mourinho , Lukaku,DeBruyne and Salah have proved that he has a thing about if your face fits it ok , but if he doesn’t like you then you’re out , the above 3 will all tell you that.

      • Leazes Ender

        Same Division then.

  • Saul Williams

    Luke Shaw with one leg is better than what we have at the moment

  • Peaky Magpie

    We do need a left back,we also need a new keeper,we need a new no 10,we could probably do with a new David Batty style holding midfielder BUT FFS we need at least 2 strikers !!!

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s a brilliant one liner,but Lennon didn’t say it.It was Peter Sellers doing a Lennon impersonation. Bang on about the strikers tho’

      • Peaky Magpie

        Well I never knew that about Peter Sellers,thanks for clearing that up.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Looked up the Lennon saying on google and some claim it was Jasper Carrot in 1983 ??? The plot thickens !! Anyway no matter who said it I certainly thought it was Lennon for all these years,oh for the internet.

        • Rich Lawson

          It was definitely said when the band was still together,so not Jasper,I always thought it was McCartney who is quite a tidy drummer himself,when Ringo temporarily quit when they were making Abbey Rd. I’ll come clean here,there was 1 of those quiz’s down the side of the BBC football page last week. ”10 quotes you thought you knew” I got it wrong as well and the correct answer was Sellers which I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years !!

          • Peaky Magpie

            Yeah I thought Jasper Carrot sounded unlikely and had something Peter Sellers would say stamped all over it.The McCartney rumours are also there.I saw the very same quiz at the bottom of the BBC results page but I ignored it this time as my previous record in earlier quizzes haven’t been great especially on things like obscure album covers etc !

  • mentalman

    The right side needs dealt with before the left

  • Dillon Tovak

    I can’t see Shaw wanting to play in the championship.

  • HarryHype59

    Never mind Southampton, NUFC need players up front in the next window. As funds will be tight, this position has to be prioritised in January!

  • HenrySlade

    This story’s a load of rubbish. Shaw is apparently paid around £120,000 per week at Man Utd, and Newcastle wouldn’t even pay 50% of that.

    We’ll only sign players who fit into our salary structure, and Shaw doesn’t come close. Mind you, things might change if the takeover happens, but based on the article in the FT, the chances of that happening before January are slim to zero. And slim’s out of town.

    • Rich Lawson

      And didn’t we fail to do a loan deal for Southampton’s 3rd choice left back in the summer for finance reasons ?!!

      • HarryHype59

        Finance reasons = Fatty penny pinching!