Big blow for Newcastle
Newcastle have been dealt a blow in the transfer market, with RB Leipzig ruling out a loan move for reported target Ademola Lookman.
The Englishman hasn’t had a great time out in Germany with Leipzig.
Lookman was originally at Everton, where he was unable to break into the first-team regularly under several managers.
He also spent time out on loan at RB Leipzig and impressed.
He then returned to Everton, but after again failing to impress, signed permanently for Leipzig last summer, which looked like a good piece of business.
However, Lookman has not featured as much as he probably would have liked.
Lookman has only featured three times in the Bundesliga this season.
That has led to rumours of a potential return to the Premier League with Newcastle.
But, there are now complications.
Lookman not leaving on loan this month
It was reported last week that Newcastle were interested in a loan move for Ademola Lookman.
That deal would have presumably had an option to buy at the end of his spell.
However, RB Leipzig director Oliver Mitzlaff has now publicly ruled out a loan move.
Speaking on Wednesday, he claimed that Lookman will ‘certainly’ not leave on loan.
“It was certainly not an easy first round for him,” he explained to Sky in Germany, as cited by the Chronicle.
“Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality. So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman.
“Ademola is a player who has already proven to us that he has a lot of quality.”
That essentially means that if Newcastle want him, they’re going to have to pay up.
The Magpies would also likely have to fork out a decent amount of their transfer budget to convince RB Leipzig to sell.
Right now, it looks unlikely that Newcastle will continue with their pursuit.
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