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.
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.