EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Newcastle United have rejected a staggering 22 January loan bids for out-of-favour Aleksandar Mitrovic as they only want to sell him permanently, Football Insider sources understand.
Mitrovic’s future at St. James’ Park looks uncertain and the striker has been expected to move on during this month’s transfer window.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Newcastle have fielded a whole host of interest in taking Mitrovic on loan, with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Bordeaux, Marseille, Anderlecht and Partizan Belgrade all keen on signing him on loan.
But Newcastle will not consider loaning him out and have placed a £14million price tag on the Serbian’s head.
Mitrovic has not started a single Premier League game this season with the likes of Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Ayoze Perez ahead of him in the pecking order in Rafa Benitez’s plans.
The 23-year-old is keen to leave Newcastle this month as regular football in the second half of the season in keep his spot in the Serbia squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals.
However, Newcastle’s asking price and unwillingness to consider a loan deal is putting off Mitrovic’s potential suitors.
Newcastle will not consider letting Mitrovic go without bringing in a replacement and they want to sell Mitrovic so they can use the funds to strengthen the squad elsewhere.