Newcastle United may have the chance to sign Ozan Kabak this summer following a new claim about the player.
It was reported back in January that the Magpies were keen to sign the central defender during that transfer window.
BBC Sport claimed Magpies officials were eyeing a loan move for the Turkey international and had actually come to an agreement with Schalke.
Ultimately, a move never materialised though, and Steve Bruce only landed Joe Willock.
Kabak ended up heading to Liverpool on loan, and a recent report (The Sunday Mirror (Football pullout, 14/02, page 8) claimed Newcastle would potentially make another swoop for him if he didn’t turn his move to Anfield permanent.
According to a new report from The Sun, Kabak will not be turning his move permanent and will head back to Schalke, who were recently relegated from the Bundesliga.
The situation perhaps suggests that Newcastle might be in with a chance of landing him if there is still some interest.
A chance for Newcastle?
There is apparently an £18 million clause in place, so Kabak probably needed to play out of his skin to earn himself a permanent move.
It is understandable the Reds wouldn’t want to trigger it given the players they’ll have coming back.
Kabak has been decent overall though barring a few shaky performances, and perhaps Newcastle should consider a swoop if he is available.
Schalke being relegated potentially means the German outfit will need to sell for cheaper, which is bound to appeal to Mike Ashley.