Tuesday morning has brought claims that Rafa Benitez wants to bring David Luiz to Newcastle in January.

The Shields Gazette says that after building up a good relationship when the pair were together at Chelsea, Rafa intends to sign the Brazilian international on loan if Chelsea are prepared to let him go.

David Luiz started eight Premier League matches by the end of October but injuries and a fall out with Antonio Conte have disrupted his season.

A knee problem ruled him out of games in November but he did come back and play in the 4-0 Champions League win at Qarabag.

However, Conte didn’t put the defender/midfielder back into his Premier League side, David Luiz an unused substitute against West Brom and Liverpool.

Andreas Christensen has established himself in Luiz’ absence and the Chelsea boss looks keen to give the 21 year old a run in the team.

After getting fit once again in late November, the knee problem than flared up again.

So for any Newcastle loan deal to happen, you would need the injury to clear up, Conte willing to let the player go, Mike Ashley prepared to pay top wages and a significant loan fee, as well as David Luiz choosing NUFC over numerous other options he would have, if available.

So maybe a loan move to Tyneside looks a little unlikely…

The January transfer window opens in only 13 days time and older experienced players on loan, who are out of favour at top clubs, would hopefully be a realistic route for Rafa Benitez to go.

However, with Mike Ashley appearing to block that in the summer, with only younger players signed with potential resale value, we have to just hope that Rafa Benitez is given a realistic budget with total freedom to bring in who he chooses.

Rafa Benitez:

“We have to try to bring the best players possible for us now and that means if you have a player on loan who’s quite good now, then we have to do it.

“There are not too many options (for January) with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it’s not easy.

“But you have to do your research everywhere.”

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  • Saul Williams

    The silly season has arrived!how about kompany💷

    • HTL

      Thanks, was just about to post about the silly season starting.


    • Peaky Magpie

      Nee point Saul,Lejeune’s recent outstanding form would mean a bench spot only for Kompany 😂

      • Saul Williams


  • BillytheFish

    And it begins….Hopefully this time funded by some proper money..

  • Paul Patterson

    Non starter..

    • wheyayeman

      …For Chelski

    • Jezza

      Are you talking about the story or Luiz when an opposition forward runs past him?

  • Mike

    ha ha this is like the Daily Sport when it first came out “lancaster bomber found on the moon” Elvis is alive …..total rubbish

  • wheyayeman

    It’s the Speculation Circus time of year, things could get Messi ;)

    • Paul Patterson

      Or maybe a top signing from Spain could Bale us out . .

      • wheyayeman

        If we could just get a great striker in we could start to Kane the opposition (I’d give that 2 out of 10)

        • Paul Patterson

          We could try and land Athletic Madrids top striker but he’d Costa lot . .

          • Peaky Magpie

            They are Neymar ( nee mere) coming here (that’s not even a 1 out of 10 ) than the mackems getting promoted.

  • Geordiegiants

    Where do these stories come from? Is this journalist some sort of fruit cake or what’s? Honestly, people wonder why we are called deluded, when even the local journalists starts writing pure and utter tosh.

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s the fkn journos that are deluded,not us…………….if Tammy Abrahams loan demands are too much,how the fkn hell are we gonna afford this guy on loan……………does the dckhead that wrote it not realise,anyway,it’s goal scorers we need,not central defenders…………..try and make these bllsht stories half believable please.

  • toonterrier

    We’d have to sell most of our players to cover his wages. Forget it he’s had his day.

    • Jezza

      His performance for Brazil against Germany in the 7-1 World Cup drubbing was as bad as I have ever seen from any of the very worst centre halves we’ve ever had at Newcastle. I wouldn’t take him even if he was playing for free.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye you’re right,he even made Willo look like Bobby Moore that night.

        • Jezza

          Ha ha, he made the likes of Titus Bramble, Marcelino, Darren Bradshaw, Claudio Cacapa, Chris Hedworth and David Rozenal all look like Bobby Moore.

      • Jin Patel

        What a stupid comment. Because of one performance against one of the best team in world football in 2014, you wouldn’t take him for free?!?! He’s won the league cup, fa cup, europa and champions league, has league titles in portugal and france, was instrumental in winning the league last year with Chelsea and was in the PFA team of the year last year and has 50 caps for Brazil but you’d rather Lascelles and Clarke? You do realise he’s worth about same as your current starting 11 right?

  • Rich Lawson

    Crackers ! (Xmas)

  • Peaky Magpie

    Ebeneezer Fatso needs to be visited by three ghosts.One to show him what the club used to be like,one to show him how the club is now drifting aimlessly and finally one to show him where we will end up if he doesn’t f**k reet off by February.

  • wheyayeman

    I hear Peter Beardsley is out of Contract.

  • Mitros gotta start

    The last thing we need is another central defender…..lascelles and clark backed up with mbemba and lejeune are fine….we need forwards that can score….ìngs…long…batshuayi is who we should be looking at on loan.

  • Martin

    I imagine that the Shields Gazette has good contacts with David Luiz from his time playing for Jarrow Roofing.