It may not be the usual way of settling disputes between football clubs, but Sheffield Wednesday’s suggested compromise with Newcastle by loaning them a couple of players, bizarrely makes sense.
A report in the Daily Mirror on Sunday claimed Owls’ owner Dejphon Chansiri offered to drop his potential legal challenge over Newcastle’s appointment of Steve Bruce, if we would send them former loanees Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar.
It may seem unorthodox, but it would actually be worth Newcastle considering a deal, with neither player likely to feature strongly in our Premier League squad next season.
On top of that, with all the vitriol aimed at the club recently, and previous legal cases not going so well for Newcastle – Kevin Keegan and Jonas Gutierrez spring to mind – the last thing they need is another visit to the courts.
Aarons and Lazaar both did really well at Hillsborough last season, and Wednesday fans would love to see the pair return for the 2019/2020 campaign.
Newcastle should not pay wages but deal may be good for all sides
The report does add that the Owls’ owner would want Newcastle to foot the vast majority of the wages for the players while they are there, but that would be taking things too far.
However, if some sort of compromise on the salary issue could be found, it could be in everyone’s best interests to pursue the deal.
There are likely to be a few outgoings in the remainder of the transfer window, with many of those dependent upon who arrives on Tyneside.
But in regard to players like Aarons, Lazaar and Jack Colback, it is unlikely that any move for them will be limited to that type of restraint.