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Newcastle United fail to add deadline day signing as Mike Ashley refuses to pay loan fee – Report

2 weeks ago
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This is another fine mess Mike Ashley has got Newcastle United into.

The 2021 summer transfer window ending, without NUFC adding any more signings on deadline day.

Joe Willock the only player brought in this summer and he was at the club for the second half of last season.

As has been pointed out, Mike Ashley ensuring that Newcastle United are the only Premier League club to have a weaker squad than they ended the 2020/21 season with.

A bizarre deadline day started with reports across the media that Newcastle United would sign Hamza Choudhury on a loan deal with buying option, plus likely to be a second loan signing as well, almost certainly a central defender. Various journalists indicating that they had been briefed by club sources that this was the scenario set to play out on Tuesday.

However, a later briefing on Tuesday morning to journalists saw a major u-turn, presumably the same source(s) telling media that now it had been decided no more signings, even a loan one or two, would be allowed by Mike Ashley.

A ridiculous day moving then onto another level, when late afternoon brought news of yet another change of heart from the club owner, with more talks to be held with Leicester to finalise the Hamza Choudhury loan deal, as well as hopes of that second mystery loan deal also coming in.

The final blow / curtain falling though when with a couple of hours to go to the window closing at 11pm, the final, final news being that no more business was going to be done by Newcastle United.

And so it proved.

Mike Ashley widely reported to have refused to allow any loan fee to be paid to bring Hamza Choudhury to St James Park, as well as claims of the NUFC owner not willing to allow a big enough proportion of the midfielder’s wages to be paid by Newcastle United.

You literally couldn’t make it up, Mike Ashley expecting another club to loan a play and not pay the required compensation due for borrowing him for the season, whilst at the same time expecting Leicester to still pay a high proportion of the player’s wages.

The underlying feeling is that this is a transfer window where Mike Ashley has totally hung Steve Bruce out to dry.

Leading the Head Coach to think he would be able to bring in the minimum three or four quality players he wanted and had promised to fans and media. Only for Mike Ashley to totally undermine Bruce and mess him about on deadline day, the NUFC owner not even willing to allow any kind of a loan fee to be paid to secure one of the Head Coach’s main targets.

The net result a totally demoralising one for the Newcastle United fans, whilst what Steve Bruce will say and do in reaction to this shambles, is anybody’s guess. However, the general feeling amongst fans is that no matter what Mike Ashley does, Steve Bruce will never willingly walk away unless it is with a massive pay-off.

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