Newcastle United are reportedly interested in three players from Chelsea this month, one of which is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
This is the second transfer window in a row that Newcastle have targeted a batch of Chelsea players. Dan Ashworth had four on his radar during the summer, but was unable to bring any of them in.
Now there are three, and the clock is ticking for Newcastle to take one of their targets from Stamford Bridge to St James’ Park. We are into the final week of the transfer window, and Howe is still looking to sign an attacker and a centre-midfielder.
A deal for Loftus-Cheek would solve Newcastle’s midfield problem, although the 27-year-old would perhaps not be Toon fans’ first choice. Gallagher looks like a better fit for Howe’s squad, but he will be much more difficult to obtain.
In contrast, journalist Ben Jacobs believes that Loftus-Cheek could be on the move before January ends.
Ben Jacobs provides update on Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s future amid Newcastle interest
The CBS Sports reporter has spoke to YouTube channel The Blues Brothers about transfer goings on at Chelsea, and commented on Loftus-Cheek’s future.
“Then of course there’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek,” said Jacobs.
“I think there’s a very strong possibility that something gets done late in the window for him.”
An interesting option for Newcastle
While Jacobs thinks that Loftus-Cheek could be on the move late in the window, it will be interesting to see if Newcastle is the destination.
That will largely depend on whether or not the Magpies are able to land any of their targets higher up the pecking order.
Loftus-Cheek is a talented footballer, but is probably not the perfect fit for what Howe is after. The Toon boss wants someone who can play that number six role, which probably isn’t the England international’s best position.
His biggest asset is driving with the ball from deep and going box-to-box, using his power to burst past players. In that respect, he’s similar to Joe Willock, although the 23-year-old relies more on his speed.
Another reason there is a question mark next to Loftus-Cheek is his age. He has just turned 27, and while that it is not old, it is older than the majority of targets Newcastle are looking at.
But if we enter the final few days of the window without a new midfielder, perhaps Loftus-Cheek will become more appealing. A loan deal until the end of the season would certainly suffice, and he is good enough to improve Howe’s squad as Newcastle continue to pursue Champions League football.