Newcastle United are looking at signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea, but the Blues are reportedly unsure about sending the Moroccan to St James’ Park.
That is according to the Evening Standard, who claim that Chelsea are reluctant to let the 29-year-old join Eddie Howe’s side on loan.
Ziyech has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle this month, and appears to be Dan Ashworth’s alternative to Anthony Gordon. The Everton winger wants to move to the North East, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a fee.
If Everton do not lower their £60million asking price, the Telegraph state that Newcastle will walk away and move on to other targets. And the next option on the Magpies’ list appears to be Ziyech.
However, a deal for the former Ajax attacker is not going to be straightforward either.
Why Chelsea are unsure about Hakim Ziyech joining Newcastle
The Evening Standard state that Chelsea now see Newcastle as a rival, and that is influencing their stance over Ziyech. The report claims that they do not want to strengthen Howe’s side for the second half of the season.
That is not a surprise, given that Newcastle are already well ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League table. As it stands, the Magpies are 10 points clear of Graham Potter’s side, who are down in 10th at the moment.
They will have aspirations of getting back in the race for the top four, but to do that they need a team like Newcastle to slip up. Therefore, it would perhaps be unwise to let Ziyech make the move to St James’ Park.
The World Cup star, who has been called ‘incredible‘ by Morocco manager Walid Regragui, is reportedly keen to leave Stamford Bridge this month, and a deal with Newcastle has to be appealing given our recent upturn in fortunes.
However, it does not suit Chelsea’s interests at all, making a deal feel unlikely.
This was always going to be a problem for Newcastle – especially because Howe wants players with Premier League experience so that they can have an immediate impact.
Hopefully the club are able to agree a deal for Gordon, as it sounds like the next player on our list of targets could be unattainable.