Newcastle United will reportedly make a move for Ozan Kabak – if the young defender does not turn his loan move to Liverpool permanent.
A segment from The Sunday Mirror (Football pullout, 14/02, page 8) has claimed that the Magpies could make a fresh move for the Turkey international.
It was recently reported (BBC Sport) that Kabak had actually been prepared to join Newcastle on deadline day in the last transfer window.
But the 20-year-old ultimately snubbed Newcastle, as Liverpool scrambled to complete a loan deal following another injury to Joel Matip.
Kabak’s move to Anfield is until the end of the season, and the Reds have an option to buy the player for around £18 million.
If Jurgen Klopp does not give the green light for Kabak to be signed permanently, then Newcastle will supposedly make their move.
His progress between now and the end of March will therefore be very interesting viewing for Magpies fans.
With Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez both out of contract in the summer, a new central defender seems very much a priority at the moment, so how Kabak gets on will be intriguing.
Not the best start for Kabak
Kabak made his Reds debut at the weekend against Leicester City, and it was an afternoon to forget for the star.
He didn’t have very much to do for most of the game, but was then caught in an embarrassing mix-up with goalkeeper Alisson, which allowed the Foxes to score a second through Jamie Vardy.
It was mainly Alisson’s fault though, and hopefully he’ll get more chances to prove himself – although perhaps not so many that Liverpool actually deem him good enough to buy.