Newcastle United are once again looking to sign Kieran Tierney from Arsenal, but there might be a problem.
Eddie Howe is looking for at least one more signing this summer, and is keen to add a left-back to his squad. Tierney was the club’s top target at the start of the transfer window, and was actually expected to sign for the Magpies.
That has not happened, but he is at least back on Newcastle’s radar.
That type of deal would help Newcastle’s financial fair play concerns, but it might also mean that they have to wait until the end of the window to bring Tierney in.
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Whether or not Howe is prepared to wait remains to be seen, but there could be another issue on the horizon for Newcastle.
Jurrien Timber injury could hinder Newcastle’s bid to sign Kieran Tierney
According to the Northern Echo, Arsenal will be reluctant to let Tierney leave the club if Jurrien Timber has suffered a long-term injury.
The Dutch defender made his Premier League debut during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, but was forced off shortly after half time. It looked as if Timber suffered either a knee or a calf issue, and it remains unclear how long he will be out for.
If it is not a quick fix, the Northern Echo suggest that Newcastle’s hopes of signing Tierney could take a hit.
That would be a real shame for both Newcastle and Tierney. It is clear that he is not wanted at the Emirates – he was not even on the bench on Saturday.
He wants a move away, and Arsenal are looking to get rid. But that might not happen if the physios decide that Timber is going to be out of action for a while.