By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are looking at two loan options as the start of the Premier League draws ever closer, according to a reliable journalist.
Lee Ryder of the Yorkshire Evening Post has also said that manager Rafa Benitez has said the club is now moving in “different directions”.
He released the transfer update on his official Twitter account on Tuesday lunchtime.
#nufc currently exploring a couple of loan options. Rafa Benitez said in last presser club are moving in "different directions".
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 8, 2017
While the “different directions” part of the Tweet is slightly cryptic, it most likely means that Newcastle are switching away from permanent deals.
Most recently, Newcastle have been linked with Arsenal’s striker Lucas Perez and Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez.
Benitez refused to rule out a move for Perez after his team’s last pre-season friendly.
Asked Rafa after the game on Lucas Perez, can move be ruled out he said: "I know him well and like the player" #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 6, 2017
However, The Chronicle reported that Arsenal want £13.5m for their player, while his agent thinks that £10.8m is a fair price.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Don Balon has reported that Lucas Vazquez is unsettled at Real Madrid and could ask to leave if he’s not selected for Tuesday night’s Super Cup match.
Both players would be a great additions, but if this latest information is true, Newcastle fans may have to set their sights slightly lower.
Football Insider verdict:
This isn’t exactly the news that Newcastle fans have been looking for. Since the optimism after winning the Championship and gaining promotion, to Mike Ashley committing to giving Benitez every penny the club makes to strengthen the squad, it’s all been downhill. Yes, Benitez has brought in five new players including a potentially great deal for Mikel Merino. But the most they’ve spent on any one player is the £10m for Championship winger Jacob Murphy. And whatever Ashley says, these aren’t current market value prices for top Premier League players. If they can’t match the valuation of Arsenal’s Lucas Perez, which at £13.5m is still cheap for a Premier League striker, loan deals might have to be the way to go. But, while there are some loan bargains to be had, it’s not a great way to build a strong team for a Premier League future.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are set to battle with Euro giants to land this 23-year-old.