Work begins on January Newcastle deal to reignite star’s fading promise
Newcastle United defender Jamal Lewis fits the profile of player one European club are looking for and a January transfer could be considered, according to reports.
Lewis joined Newcastle from Norwich City in 2020 after the Canaries’ relegation. He made 24 Premier League appearances in his debut year on Tyneside. This season, though, he only has six minutes of league action to his name so far.
Matt Ritchie was being used in a deeper role by Steve Bruce, thus taking Lewis’ place, before the manager’s dismissal. Whoever the next Newcastle boss is will have to weigh up who he thinks is the better option.
Lewis will turn 24 in January, which will be a month that could even see him change clubs, despite being under contract until 2025.
The Northern Ireland international has, according to Fotospor, become a winter target for Trabzonspor in Turkey.
Trabzonspor are currently top of the Turkish Super Lig after 10 games. To maintain their form and title challenge, though, they may need some reinforcements when the transfer window opens.
Left-back is one area they want to strengthen and their ideal target would be someone young, experienced in a top league and available on loan.
Whether Newcastle are willing to negotiate on such terms is unclear, but Trabzonspor are hopeful from their end that Lewis could be the player they are looking for.
It may take some convincing the player himself to make the move. However, his agents seem to be open to the idea.
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The report claims they have told Trabzonspor chairman Ahmet Agaoglu to start negotiations immediately, rather than wait until January.
The reason for their desire to accelerate is because it may take time to convince Lewis.
Therefore, negotiations could begin to take shape during the next international break in November.
Newcastle will be busy planning their own signings for the January transfer window after their Saudi-backed takeover. They now have huge financial power to afford top targets if they can convince them to sign up for what remains a relegation battle.
In the process, some existing players will likely have to move on to make room for any new arrivals that are enticed by the challenge.
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Lewis is not the only player to be linked with a potential exit within the January reshuffle.
Reports have also suggested that attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron could leave in 2022 after emerging as a target for Elche.
Yet to score this season, he remains one of Newcastle’s better talents at present. However, there have been theories that he could be moved on in favour of a bigger star.
But Almiron’s agent has spoken out to deny such claims, telling Versus Radio: “The truth is that it has no basis, no foundation.
“We know absolutely nothing, but I see it as totally unlikely.
“Almiron has two-and-a-half years left on his contract. Let’s see if he comes out, because in principle he would form the basis of the reconstruction of Newcastle with a few other boys.
“In the next few days, we will talk to the new people to see what the plans are.”
Only time will tell what Newcastle have in mind for many members of their squad. The first step will be to find a new sporting director and new head coach to decide upon such matters.
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