Newcastle transfer news: Magpies eye Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus
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Newcastle transfer news: Magpies eye Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Weston McKennie on loan this month.

That is according to 90min, who state that multiple Premier League clubs have been offered the chance to sign the Juventus midfielder, with various sides keen to take up their offer.

The report adds that multiple teams have responded positively to the offer of McKennie, with Arsenal, Leeds and Aston Villa all open to signing the USA international.

Newcastle join that list too, with 90min stating that they are one of four clubs that would like to sign the 24-year-old on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

While Aston Villa are linked, they seem unlikely to win the race for McKennie. It was claimed by Corriere Dello Sport earlier this month that he has already turned down a move to Unai Emery’s side.

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The Italian outlet claim that the American is keen on a bigger move, so it will be interesting to see if Newcastle fit the bill.

Newcastle move could appeal to Weston McKennie

Eddie Howe’s side are currently third in the Premier League, and well placed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. That would surely entice McKennie, who has not enjoyed a great time in Turin.

This season has been particularly poor, and it got worse earlier this month when they suffered a 15 point deduction. Juventus are now 10th in Serie A.

McKennie clearly needs a move elsewhere, and Newcastle are reportedly keen on bringing him to the Premier League. The Magpies are in the market for a centre-midfielder, and it would be interesting to see how the former Schalke man handles the move to English football.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane previously spoke about McKennie ahead of the World Cup last year, and raised a concern he has.

“McKennie, who plays at Juventus, I quite like him. I think he is a bit of a powerhouse,” he said.

“But, at times, he is sloppy in possession. He’s more of a runner from midfield that can arrive in the penalty area and score a goal.”

That ability on the ball may concern Howe, or it could be seen as a challenge by the Toon boss. He has improved plenty of players at Newcastle, with Sean Longstaff becoming much better in possession in recent months.

Howe could do the same for McKennie, who has previously been linked with a move to St James’ Park. Steve Bruce wanted him in the summer of 2020, when he was valued at £20million.

A move failed to materialise, but now McKennie is back on Newcastle’s radar, and is a loan option heading into the final week of the January transfer window.