Newcastle United are once again being linked with Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
The Daily Mail claim that the Magpies and Watford are eyeing a loan move for the 24-year-old.
It’s a new name linked with a move to Eddie Howe’s side, but Choudhury is a player who Newcastle fans have heard a lot about over the past 12 months.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. While Steve Bruce has gone, his targets remain.
Choudhury would have been welcome at St James’ Park this time last year and in the summer transfer window. However, rumours of loan interest this time around is a bit disappointing given the calibre of midfielders we’ve been linked with.
Once again he’s barely featured for Leicester, and talk of a temporary move away from the King Power Stadium is on the agenda. Newcastle aren’t the only team interested, with relegation rivals Watford also reportedly keen.
Steve Bruce was desperate to land Hamza Choudhury at Newcastle
Over the past few months, we’ve been linked with some astonishing names. The media talk about Mbappe for some reason, while Barcelona are trying to flog us Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti.
That’s a far cry from transfer windows of the past when Mike Ashley owned the club. Back then, Choudhury was the most in demand man in the North East.
Bruce tried and failed to sign him in January 2021, instead landing Joe Willock. That decision went well, with the midfielder’s incredible goalscoring run helping us achieve survival.
But the Choudhury chase returned in the summer. Deadline day arrived with talk that the Foxes ace was on his way to St James’ Park. Then suddenly the deal was off, amid claims that Newcastle couldn’t, or wouldn’t, pay the fee required.
A couple of months later and we became one of the richest clubs in the world, changing the entire landscape of Newcastle United.
While frustrating at the time, the Hamza Choudhury saga is a bit of a running joke among Toon fans now.
This window has been challenging with difficult pursuits of Sven Botman and Diego Carlos. But most supporters would rather that than not being able to afford a loan deal for the Leicester midfielder, which was the case last August.
We can afford Choudhury now, but is he what we need?