Hamza Choudhury arrival imminent : Set to sign for Newcastle United – Report
Hamza Choudhury will join Newcastle United today, according to reports on Tuesday morning.
The Telegraph reporting that Mike Ashley has allowed Steve Bruce to make a second signing on the 84th and final day of the transfer window.
This follows a shambolic start to the season, with Newcastle losing three matches and then getting a very fortunate draw on Saturday against Southampton. United already out of the League Cup and currently fourth bottom of the Premier League with a trip to Old Trafford and facing Ronaldo up next.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is close to Steve Bruce and he says that:
‘Having been on the receiving end of abuse from Newcastle fans during the 2-2 draw against Southampton, Bruce mood has darkened over the weekend as he watched most clubs in the bottom half of the table, including Norwich, Watford, Crystal Palace and Leeds United all make a flurry signings.’
Mike Ashley now backing Steve Bruce up, according to the man from The Telegraph with Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury on loan, a player that Bruce has admitted in the past that he wanted.
Hamza Choudhury turns 24 on 1 October (2021) and has only managed two Premier League assists and one PL goal (against Newcastle!) in his entire career, so unlikely to add much to NUFC’s attacking threat.
However, Steve Bruce believes the Leicester player will ‘add some needed bit’ according to the Telegraph report.
The report continues, stating it will be an initial loan arrangement but with an option to become permanent.
Luke Edwards adds that Steve Bruce is also trying to persuade Mike Ashley to allow one other signing as well as Hamza Choudhury on deadline day, with a centre-back most likely.
If Steve Bruce does name four goalkeepers in his Premier League 25 man squad, that would / could currently be filled by existing players, though if only three keepers included, that would mean room for the Leicester player as well as all existing senior outfield players. However, the likelihood must be that somebody will leave today if Choudhury does sign. whilst two loan deals today would surely equal at least one, probably two heading out.
At the weekend, Brendan Rodgers was asked about the Hanza Choudhury situation as the midfielder was an unused sub for a third time in three games this season, the Leicester boss saying no offers had come in for the player so far:
“That’s something we would have to wait until something would come in.
“Hamza’s attitude and mentality has been first class and there has been a lot of speculation around him going out and various clubs but, at this moment in time, we haven’t had any offers in.
“To his credit, he’s been absolutely first class in training even though he hasn’t featured. It can be difficult for a player because you train to play the game, but he’s understood where he’s at.
“He’s maturing all the time as a professional and as a player so he’s just training away. Until anything comes in, that’s how it will be.”
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