Newcastle are open to allowing four first-teamers to depart on loan, with a former Chelsea winger attracting the greatest interest thus far.
The European transfer deadline window has closed. However, deals between Premier League and EFL clubs can still be thrashed out before the deadline closes on October 16.
A number of Championship hotshots have been speculated with exits, with West Ham in particular looking likely to pull off a pair of late major deals.
Moves in the opposite direction could yet occur, however, with the latest report suggesting Newcastle are open to allowing no fewer than four stars to leave on loan.
Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar have all been deemed surplus to requirements at St. James Park. But the player who is likely to command the most attention is ex-Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.
The quartet are all entering the final year of the contracts with the club, and The Northern Echo states that all four ‘will be released next summer’.
Removing their wages from the books if only for one year would aid The Magpies’ finances, however, and put manager Steve Bruce in a stronger position should any last minute incomings be on the cards.
One potential hurdle could come in the form of reaching an agreement over Atsu’s wages.
Both Forest and Watford are deemed unlikely to be open to paying the player’s wages in full. Newcastle will therefore have to subsidise a portion of the salary if a deal is to be reached.
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Meanwhile, Goalscoring Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is reportedly a January transfer window target for Newcastle United.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder already has two goals and four assists in the league this season, in just seven starts.
Christie came to the fore last term when he bagged 19 goals across all competitions for Neil Lennon’s men.
That impressive form prompted the Glasgow club to offer the player a new contract. His current deal runs out in June 2022.
However, Christie has so far rejected the chance to sign up. Rumours have suggested he will follow former Bhoys stars Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney in eventually heading to England.