By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s young defender Kevin Mbabu could be close to sealing a deal that would see him leave St. James’ Park on loan, according to a report.
The 21-year-old, who signed for the Magpies three years ago from Swiss side Servette, has made just five appearances for Newcastle during his Tyneside stay.
The Evening Chronicle transfer blog (2.30pm) claims that the former Switzerland Under-19 international is attracting the interest of Championship and League One clubs.
The newspaper’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder also revealed via his personal Twitter account that Mbabu was close to leaving temporarily, in his search for first-team football.
#nufc could also be close to agreeing an outgoing loan deal for Kevin Mbabu.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 9, 2016
This comes as Newcastle close in on the loan signing of Everton defender Brendan Galloway, with the Mirror reporting that the deal is set to be completed this week.
Mbabu made his debut for the Magpies at the start of last season in the North East’s side League Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday, and also started against Chelsea in the Premier League among other appearances.
During the second half of the 2014-15 season, Mbabu was loaned to Rangers but failed to make a single appearance for the Gers.
The versatile defender is predominantly a right-back, but can also play at centre-back and on the left side of the defence.
The Magpies are likely to allow him to leave after making three defensive signings this summer in Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanley and Jesus Gamez, while they are also in hot pursuit of Galloway.
Mbabu is only likely to leave on a temporary basis though, and has two years remaining on his current Magpies deal.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Rangers are looking to bring in this young striker as MArtyn Waghorn has a scan on his hamstring injury.