Newcastle United have reportedly ended their pursuit of Brandon Williams, with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping the versatile Englishman will stay.

The full-back got a rare start for the Red Devils against Watford in the third round of the FA Cup, for what was only his eighth appearance of the season.

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Interestingly, Williams was deployed at right-back to give Aaron Wan-Bissaka a rest, despite previously playing the majority of games for the club at left-back.

It seems Williams’ versatility is something Solskjaer is unwilling to part with, and now, the Northern Echo have reported the Magpies are ready to give up on the 20-year-old as a result.

It had been previously reported that Williams was wanted by Steve Bruce, with the Shields Gazette even claiming that a deal in principle had been agreed.


It seems the club will now have to get to work on other targets.

Blow for Newcastle

That Solskjaer doesn’t want to lose £65,000-a-week star Williams (Spotrac) and that Newcastle have apparently now ended their interest is a shame.

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He may not be a top quality full-back just yet, but he could have come in handy for Newcastle.

His ability to play on either side of the pitch is a valuable trait, and obviously he also has experience of playing in the Premier League, the Champions League and the Europa League.

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