Maybe Ademola Lookman isn’t coming to Newcastle after all.
Sky Sports reported last week that the Magpies were interested in a loan move for the winger, who is keen to leave RB Leipzig after a tough start to life in Germany.
There was talk of a loan move with a view to a permanent deal, but things are suddenly looking less likely. Leipzig director Oliver Minztlaff has spoke to Sky via Tag24, playing down talk of Lookman leaving on a temporary deal.
“It was certainly not an easy first round for him. Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality,” he said.
“So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman.”
So is Lookman to Newcastle now off the table? Unless Mike Ashley is going to put his hand in his pocket, it looks likely.
Minztlaff didn’t mention whether a loan with an obligation to buy would be acceptable, so that might change things. Regardless, the ball seems to be back in Newcastle’s court.
The Leipzig director’s words are certainly a blow, as we could do with a player like Lookman. The Magpies need some extra depth in attack, relying too much on Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin.
We’re halfway through the transfer window with a breakthrough yet to be made. The clock is ticking for Steve Bruce to get the players he needs, otherwise it could be a rough second half of the season.