By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle have been warned that they will have to spend an eight-figure fee if they are to sign Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo this summer, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed on their website that the Magpies will have to spend as much as £10million to sign the 20-year-old, or he will be sent out on loan elsewhere.
It is said that the north east giants have left left Reds boss Jurgen Klopp angered after they set up a deal only to then return with a lesser bid.
Now, with Championship trio Fulham, Middlesbrough and Derby all claimed to be interested Newcastle have been told that they will only be able to acquire Ojo “if the terms are right.”
The England Under-20 international made just two FA Cup appearances for Liverpool’s first team in the last campaign and the player with three years left on his contract could now be seeking more regular game time.
Football Insider verdict:
After claiming the Championship title last season with the likes of Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame Christian Atsu, Ayoze Perez and Yoan Gouffran all featuring in their attacking midfield positions it is clear that greater depth is needed for Newcastle, especially with the departure of Gouffran this summer. The signing of youngster Jacob Murphy from Norwich is the right sort of signing given he has still got plenty of time to grow and a player who is thought to have high potential and Ojo would also fit into the criteria. The Liverpool man was once considered to be a bright prospect at Anfield, but a lack of playing time has seen his development stall. Benitez may believe he can help the Englishman rediscover his talents, but it is now a question of whether they are willing to spend as much as £10million on an unproven player.
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