As reported by The Chronicle, Newcastle have nearly completed their first piece of January business with a loan deal for Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku – brother of Manchester United striker, Romelu.
The Belgian is seen as an option at left-back for Rafa Benitez, who has no depth beyond Paul Dummett in that role, and his pace and strength will surely be a huge asset for a Magpies side lacking any counter-attacking threat.
By the sounds of it, the past few weeks have been a headache for Benitez, who now seems to be at his wits end after minimal backing in the transfer window – the Spaniard had been tipped to leave this summer over a lack of signings this month and but now he’s got what he wished for.
The Chronicle also claim that a move for Gelson Martins seems dead in the water as the Portuguese winger looks set to join Monaco on loan instead, but there is still time for the St. James’ Park outfit to get a new winger in – the current crop have been disappointing this season, particularly Kenedy.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as the imminent signing of the versatile Lukaku would add some much-needed depth to the Magpies back-line.
According to Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad, the 24-year-old will reportedly be available on a permanent deal for a jaw-dropping £19.1m in the summer and, if Newcastle like what they see in the coming months and wish to bring him back to Tyneside, he would become their record signing.
Here’s how the Toon Army reacted to the reports on Twitter…
Pretty sure Rafa has played a blinder here. Big Mike thought he had signed off on Romelu 😎
— Jimmy E (@JEmsden) January 24, 2019
I want to be cynical like the comments above but surely it a deal that helps Rafa to possibly decide to stay on (patience of a saint)and yet not fully committing the spending until a possible takeover (yes. I know) comes. A small step. 7 more days!
— John Herbert. (@johnherbert8) January 24, 2019
£19.1m for someone who has hardly played a game and had knee ligament issues ?
— NUFC Dave (@toondave2015) January 24, 2019
Potentially breaking our transfer record for a left back is SO Pardew.
— J (@J_92__) January 24, 2019
There is no way we will spend £19m on a cover left back because he won’t drop Dummett. He’s only agreed to come to us to show other teams in the prem how good he is to get a better club in the summer.
— steven jones (@towlawstev) January 24, 2019
No chance ???
— Leazes End Mag (@Paul_J6) January 24, 2019
Big incentive for the lad. Will be given every chance by the fans.
— wilf (@wilf_toon) January 24, 2019
I bet Charnley was trying not to laugh when agreeing that figure with them..
— Jack Parini (@Cheese_hunter27) January 24, 2019
He is class
— Nufctony (@ACunningham07) January 24, 2019