Newcastle United have potentially been given hope over William Saliba, with the defender turning down a loan move to Rennes.

According to Ouest France (via GFFN), the Frenchman will not be heading to the Ligue 1 side.

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Willian Saliba (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

It’s claimed Saliba was unimpressed with a previous attempt by Rennes to sign him.

Supposedly they almost signed him a year ago, but pulled the plug on a deal at the eleventh hour.

It is, potentially, a boost for Newcastle’s hopes of landing the player.

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Saliba at Nice last term (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Magpies were recently claimed by the Daily Mail to be keen on the 20-year-old.

He is yet to play for Arsenal’s first-team, despite signing for the Gunners in the summer of 2019 for £27 million (Sky).


He went straight back to Saint-Etienne on loan after signing, and then signed for Nice last term, where he did well.

A boost to Newcastle’s Saliba hopes?

Saliba turning down Rennes is good news.

William Saliba (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

It remains to be see what will happen. But surely if Arsenal do want to send him out on loan, it should be to another Premier League club if there is interest.

Newcastle was obviously very good for Joe Willock, and perhaps the Gunners will look at that and hope for something similar with Saliba.

That all said, it has been reported Lille are keen, so Newcastle may need to get a move on.

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