Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury was ‘desperate’ to sign for Newcastle United on transfer deadline day, but it just didn’t happen.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who claim that Choudhury really wanted to be a Newcastle player by the time the transfer window slammed shut.
Steve Bruce wanted Choudhury at St James’ Park, and Leicester were willing to let him go having brought in Lille’s Boubakary Soumare this summer.
However, Newcastle couldn’t shift Emil Krafth out of the club despite interest from Fulham. The Swedish full back refused a move to Craven Cottage.
That meant Newcastle couldn’t bring anybody in, and Choudhury is now stuck on the fringes at Leicester until at least January.
Branded ‘extremely talented’ by Gary Lineker, Choudhury has shown potential at Leicester but just hasn’t nailed down a starting role.
Wilfred Ndidi is one of the top holding midfielders in Europe, never mind the Premier League, and Choudhury just can’t break past him at Leicester.
With Joe Willock brought in to score goals from midfield, Choudhury could provided some steel in Bruce’s side, but the Magpies will have to wait until January.
Bruce has admired Choudhury for a while now, so don’t be surprised to see Newcastle make a return in the winter transfer window.