By Noel Whelan

28th Jan, 2020 | 11:19am

Exclusive: Pundit drools as Newcastle reportedly plot 'Fantastic deal' to sign PL left footer

Noel Whelan believes that Tottenham star Danny Rose would favour a move closer to home rather than join Newcastle United this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds forward suggested that although he would be a “fantastic signing” for the Magpies, it is more likely that the Spurs defender will remain in or near the capital.

The England international is reportedly set to spend the rest of the season out on loan after falling of favour with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, with a number of clubs interested in his capture.

Newcastle are said to be waiting in the wings for the 29-year-old if he does leave Spurs this month, having not been included in the Lilywhites’ last four matchday squads.

While Whelan admits that Rose would be a great addition to Steve Bruce’s side, he is doubtful whether the player would swap London for Tyneside.

He is clearly surplus to requirements and has been told so by the football club,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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He is a fantastic left-sided wing-back but they (Newcastle) are not the only club looking at him.

“It depends where he wants to lay his roots. It is a long way to go and unfortunately, that does come into consideration for a player when moving clubs. He has been at Tottenham for a long, long time now. If someone comes in closer to London, I am sure he will take that into consideration.

“If Newcastle can pull this one out of the bag, they will be getting an excellent wing-back. He is a modern-day full-back with a great left foot. If they can get this through the door it will be a fantastic deal for Newcastle.

Steve Bruce is in desperate need of reinforcements at left-back as Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems both look set to miss the rest of the season.

The Magpies have brought in two new signings this month in the shape of Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, both arriving on loan-to-buy deals.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills believes Spanish striker would be a “huge coup” for the Toon Army.