Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has opened the door for Fikayo Tomori to seal a loan exit this month.
The central defender is currently struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge, and has made just four appearances so far this season.
He only got 10 minutes against Morecambe in the FA Cup on Sunday, which is a game many expected him to start.
Instead, Lampard paired Kurt Zouma with Antonio Rudiger against the League Two side.
Tomori’s future is once again the subject of speculation, and Lampard has conceded he could depart on loan this month, in a potential boost to Newcastle.
He said (Evening Standard): “The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment, in that he could be going on loan to get games. But that will have to be the right decision for him and the club.
“So while I was looking at starting him today, I was also looking at that. And we’ve got to make the right decisions for us for the club and for him.
“His attitude has been fantastic in terms of working, training every day and how he is.”
Lampard’s admission comes after the Chronicle reported Newcastle were set to be offered Tomori on loan this month.
Newcastle’s chance to strike
Clearly, Chelsea are strongly considering letting Tomori depart on a temporary basis.
That he didn’t start against Morecambe yesterday would suggest something is afoot.
The 23-year-old would be a brilliant addition for the Magpies, with Steve Bruce’s backline lacking pace.
By the accounts of several of his teammates, Tomori is one of the quickest players at Chelsea and could be a very useful acquisition this month.