The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards dropped a late night Newcastle United update on transfer deadline day that will leave fans fuming.
The Magpies endured a nightmare final day of the transfer window, failing to bring in any players as a number of reported deals seemed to collapse, including that of Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
And writing on Twitter at around 9pm, Edwards said: “Still no breakthrough on Choudhury to #nufc. You would have to suspect that, with 2 hours to go, that’s not going to happen. Player still wants to come. Only thing stopping it is Newcastle won’t pay loan fee. This is not the manager’s fault. I would say that but it really isn’t.
“Club have cut wage bill by more than £200,000 a-week this summer and have failed to bring in a player on loan to vaguely improve squad, in the area most in need of it – midfield. Justin Barnes and Lee Charnley answer to Mike Ashley but it feels like a dereliction of duty #nufc”
In the end, Choudhury didn’t move to Newcastle, while a move for Marseille starlet Boubacar Kamara also failed to materialise before the transfer window closed.
What will be most frustrating to Magpies fans and leave them fuming, is that crucial titbit of information surrounding why the Tyneside club couldn’t seal a move for Choudhury: “Only thing stopping it is Newcastle won’t pay a loan fee”.
For a club whose only permanent signing in the entire summer was that of Joe Willock from Arsenal, that reeks of complete mismanagement and “dereliction of duty” as Edwards puts it.
Steve Bruce himself admitted that the only new signings the Magpies would make in the final days of the window would be loan moves, but even then the club let him and the fans down badly by looking to penny-pinch.
The fact Choudhury wanted to come to St James’ Park lays the blame even more on the door of Mike Ashley and co upstairs, who failed to provide Bruce with the funds required, even the relatively small amount needed for a loan deal.
Fans will be absolutely livid with the fact it was the Magpies themselves who stopped a move for Choudhury from happening.