Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is planning a move to take Chelsea right-back Reece James on loan in January, according to a report.
James has only played 184 minutes of first-team action for the Blues so far this season but, with his struggles for regular game time mainly down to club captain Cesar Azpilicueta – who is also in solid form – being Frank Lampard’s first-choice in his position.
James impressed on loan at Wigan last season having been made skipper and according to The Sun, Bruce is a big admirer of the Englishman and wants to bring him to the North East for the second half of the season.
The newspaper says that with James only making one start for Lampard’s team so far this term – in the EFL Cup – Bruce can offer the 19-year-old regular chances in his side to boost his development.
What’s more, Newcastle have struggled to find a regular right-back with Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and DeAndre Yedlin all featuring there recently, meaning James could provide strong competition in that part of defence.
However, The Sun also says that the youngster will be drafted straight in in the event of Azpilicueta getting injured, meaning Lampard could be reluctant to let him leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea continued their impressive recent form on Saturday by racking up their seventh straight win in all competitions courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Their next game sees them return to League Cup action as they host Manchester United in West London on Wednesday.