Steve Bruce must urge Mike Ashely to dig deep and sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori for Newcastle United on loan during the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, Bruce has been requesting further information on Tomori’s situation ahead of a potential move to land the centre-half in a temporary deal this month.
The Toon boss is eager to improve his squad in the mid-season market, after a steady start to the season has left the St. James’ Park natives comfortably clear of the drop zone but distant from the European places.
Newcastle are expected to be working under a restricted budget in the January sales, though funds will be made available should the Magpies offload those offering little impact, as Bruce also eyes a new creative wide forward, box-to-box midfielder and a full-back.
Tomori has been shunned to the fringes at Stamford Bridge following Thiago Silva’s arrival in the summer, with Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard opting against fielding the England international in any Premier League fixture since matchday two.
The former Canada U20 star played the final 45 minutes of September’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, before being omitted from 10 of the following 18-man squads after snubbing a season-long loan deal to join West Ham United on Deadline Day.
David Moyes’ Irons had agreed a deal with Chelsea that would have seen the Hammers pay a £50,000 fine every time Tomori did not feature but they were turned down by the 23-year-old as he decided that staying in south-west London presented the best option for his development.
Tomori’s decision to remain at Stamford Bridge has not worked out for him yet though, with Lampard frequently favouring Kurt Zouma alongside Brazilian great Silva, and as such he must consider leaving Chelsea on loan this month.
Should Tomori accept a temporary move away from south-west London, Mike Ashley must reach deep into his pocket to meet whatever Chelsea demand for a half-season loan and acquire Bruce a £15.5m-rated titan who Lampard believes is a “fantastic” talent.
The 6ft centre-half was very impressive during his chances to feature in the Premier League last season, with Tomori helping to four clean sheets in 15 starts that featured 1.9 successful tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 2.8 clearances a game, per SofaScore.
He also won 5.2 duels per game with a 62% success rate, played 67.1 accurate passes, including 0.3 key balls, and took 89.9 touches that helped toward 0.4 shots for one goal.
No current Newcastle central defender is averaging a higher number of successful tackles per league game than Tomori achieved last term, with Federico Fernandez leading the charts as well as for total passes with a tally close to half that of Tomori’s.