Report – Newcastle Miss Out On Latest Defensive Target As French Club Agree Loan Deal – The Newcastle United Blog

Report – Newcastle Miss Out On Latest Defensive Target As French Club Agree Loan Deal – The Newcastle United Blog


The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have missed out on Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, who has agreed to join Rennes on a season-long loan. Newcastle were reportedly hesitant to agree to the financial terms.

The 26-year-old is scheduled to undergo his medical with the Ligue 1 club tonight. He will cost Rennes a loan fee of £1.4m as well as them having to pay £50k/week in wages.

Newcastle had been discussing a proposal consisting of a £1.5m loan fee with a purchase option of £18m. However, it now appears Steve Bruce will have to find an alternate target before the window closes on Monday.

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Newcastle have struggled with injuries to defenders since the new year when both Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett suffered season-ending injuries. Both are currently out injured, though Clark returned briefly before suffering another knock at Morecambe last week.

Fabian Schar has returned after suffering a shoulder injury in July. He made his season debut after being subbed on for Emil Krafth at Newport County on Wednesday. The Swiss international could get a start at Burnley tomorrow with captain Jamaal Lascelles hobbled by a minor knock.

It’s disappointing that Newcastle did make a more conservative effort to bring in Rugani, who would have been a very good addition on a season-long loan. One positive is that both Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett are expected to return to training on Monday.

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