Newcastle United defender Emil Krafth is said to have refused a move to Fulham on transfer deadline day.

The Sweden international was apparently the subject of some late interest from the Cottagers.

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Emil Krafth (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The Telegraph released an article this morning dissecting what actually happened yesterday.

And they mention the proposed loan move for Hamza Choudhury to come to St. James’ Park.

Newcastle tried to sign him – as they did back in January – but balked at the loan fee and the cost of his wages.

 

It is also explained that Newcastle then informed Choudhury and Leicester that they weren’t doing the deal, because Krafth was refusing a move to Fulham.

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Hamza Choudhury (Photo by Stanislav Vedmid/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The £58,000-a-week full-back (Spotrac) departing would have freed up a squad space for Choudhury to come in.

Newcastle could have gotten around Krafth refusal

Krafth may not have wanted to join Fulham.

That is fair enough, but Newcastle could surely still have landed Choudhury if they were prepared to leave out Martin Dubravka from their Premier League squad. As well as just paying the loan fee – said to be £1.5 million.

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Martin Dubravka (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The Slovakian stopper need not be registered the first time around as he is injured, and Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow are good enough alternatives.

Sky Sports reported last week that Dubravka was facing a further eight week out after his foot surgery. The club could surely afford to not name him.

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