According to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Newcastle United are set to tie up a loan deal for Lazio left back Jordan Lukaku in the coming days.
The Magpies have yet to make a signing in this month’s transfer window, but it’s clear that Rafael Benitez needs to bring in another left back before the deadline a week today.
Paul Dummett needs competition at left back, and the likes of Milad Mohammadi and Antonio Barreca have both been linked with moves to St James’ Park in recent days.
However, Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that Newcastle are tying up a loan deal for Lazio’s Lukaku, which would involve the option of a permanent deal at the end of the season.
It’s claimed that the deal ‘is done’, and Lukaku will become a Newcastle player imminently having started just one Serie A game so far this season.
The 24-year-old had a knee injury to start the season and hasn’t really returned, making six substitute appearances in Serie A as he looks to get back up to speed.
Lukaku will now seemingly join brother Romelu in the Premier League, and his addition will provide Newcastle with a real attacking threat from left back.
Lukaku has blistering pace and strength to get up and down the left flank, but also quality on the ball and with his delivery into the box, meaning that Newcastle could have landed a real coup if they can get Lukaku fully fit and firing again.