By Russell Edge
Newcastle have ruled out making a move for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas, according to a reliable journalist.
The Magpies have been heavily linked with a move for the 26-year-old this summer, with the Sun claiming that the club were set to make a £4million offer.
However, that notion appears to have been rubbished by Mark Douglas, Newcastle editor for the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun, on his personal Twitter account, stating that “Clucas had been ruled out”.
Last I'd heard Clucas had been ruled out.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) July 25, 2017
Newcastle have seen just four faces through the doors at St James’ Park this summer, with Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo all joining for the Magpies’ return to the Premier League.
Versatile midfielder Clucas, who can operate in a whole host of positions across the middle of the pitch, appeared in 37 of his side’s 38 Premier League matches last season, but his three goals and one assist were not enough to prevent the Tigers from being relegated.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle’s pursuit of Clucas seemed like an odd one to begin with, and it comes as no surprise that they have ended any reported pursuit. A relegated, 26-year-old midfielder does not seem like the sort of signing Newcastle are in the market for, and although his versatility might have proven useful, he is no better than what Rafael Benitez already has at his disposal. With Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback all set to fight it out in the middle of the park, it would have been a tough ask for Clucas to break into the first team, or even onto the substitutes bench. Newcastle need to be aiming higher if they are to secure their Premier League future.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club face a Premier League battle to secure the signing of a £10million-rated Brazilian midfielder.