Inter loanee Valentino Lazaro is said to be open to a permanent switch to Newcastle at the end of his temporary spell on Tyneside.
The versatile wide man – who made a name for himself after a stellar campaign last time out with Hertha Berlin – struggled to impress Antonio Conte at Inter in a right wing-back role following his £20m summer arrival.
In January, the Magpies opted to bolster their right flank by taking Lazaro on loan, and he’s endured a rollercoaster start to life in England; being shown a red card in the Premier League
Nevertheless, with his talent clear, there’s little doubting that Steve Bruce will be interested in adding the 24-year-old to his squad on a permanent basis, while the Shields Gazette reports sources close to the player have said that Lazaro is ‘open’ to a potential long-term deal but won’t be making any decisions for the time being.
However, speaking to the Italian media over the weekend, Lazaro hinted he’d also be keen on a return to the Nerazzurri:
“It wouldn’t be fair to talk about it (the future) now.
“Then next summer we’ll see what will happen.”
The future of another January loan signing, Danny Rose, however, is a little more up in the air.
The Northern Echo believes Tottenham
Bruce, however, is said to be keen on getting a deal brokered, and the player’s salary is not thought to be an issue – the length of contract due to his age might be, though.
Newcastle could instead opt to pursue Jetro Willems in the summer – who had an ‘option to buy’ clause placed in his loan contract at St. James’ Park.
The Dutchman impressed before he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Chelsea in January and may well prove a cheaper alternative to Rose.