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Newcastle United turned down in January move for Cole Palmer – Report

4 weeks ago
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Cole Palmer was a January target for Newcastle United but after making an approach, have been knocked back.

This claim has come from The Athletic, who are normally pretty reliable when it comes to transfer stories and other updates, including Newcastle United’s search for a Director of Football.

The Cole Palmer reporting comes as part of a bigger report from The Athletic on Manchester City’s transfer window activity. As they say that with Man City set to sell Ferran Torres to Barcelona, Pep Guardiola doesn’t intend to sign a replacement striker, with Cole Palmer set to be given more of a chance.

The Athletic say that Eddie Howe wanted to bring in Cole Palmer on loan for the second half of the season.

I must admit, I hadn’t heard of Cole Palmer until he came on in the second half on Sunday at St James Park. The attacking midfielder replacing Mahrez with 13 minutes remaining and United already 3-0 down.

I find it difficult to imagine Eddie Howe identifying the 19 year old as a January target, as I would have assumed he’ll want players who can hit the ground running.

Cole Palmer may well be a great prospect but he has had very little first team football and to be thrown into a relegation battle would have been a big challenge.

He has played only 121 Premier League minutes this season, just the one start in a 3-0 win over Everton, then three sub appearances. Two League Cup matches with one start one sub appearance and one goal, plus three very brief Champions League appearances as a sub.

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