A major update has emerged on Newcastle United and their plans for left-back Jamal Lewis…
According to Football Insider, the Magpies are willing to part ways with the Northern Ireland international for a fee in the region of £8m.
The club signed him from Norwich City for £13.5m in the summer of 2020 and he was omitted from their Premier League squad for the second half of this season, with Eddie Howe now seemingly sanctioning his permanent exit.
PIF are heading for a huge transfer disaster over Lewis as they will make a loss of £5.5m if they opt to sell him for the £8m touted in this report.
This potential deal will evoke bad memories of Mike Ashley for Newcastle supporters as the former Magpies owner sanctioned the transfer in 2020.
The move has been a failure from start to finish for the young defender as he has struggled throughout his time at the club, as he averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.48 in his first campaign and a score of 6.46 this term.
It seems unlikely, at this point, that he will be able to force himself into the first-team fold again given his current situation. Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett and Matt Targett were all selected ahead of him as full-back options in January, which shows how far down the pecking order he is under Howe.
Newcastle have an option to sign Targett on a permanent basis from Aston Villa in the summer and that could put to bed any chance Lewis has of resurrecting his St. James’ Park career. This means that PIF are right to decide to cash in on the left-back, but that does not make it any less of a disaster for the club overall.
They are set to make a huge loss on him within the space of two years and it is a timely reminder of what life was like under Ashley in regards to transfers.
It will also give PIF an idea of what not to do as they will want to avoid making the same mistakes as the Sports Direct supremo, as Lewis was brought in despite his attacking style of play not suiting Steve Bruce’s defensive set-up at St. James’ Park. They must ensure that they are signing players who suit the way Howe wants to play to avoid a repeat of this transfer failure in the future.