AC Milan could be set to make a bid for Newcastle United’s wantaway full-back Achraf Lazaar before the transfer window closes.
Lazaar, 29, has been completely frozen out by the Magpies and has not kicked a ball this season. Since joining from Palermo in the summer of 2016, he has failed to make a Premier League appearance.
The Morocco international played 36 minutes of Championship football when the Tynesiders slipped into the second tier. He made nine appearances in total in the 2016-17 season.
The limit of his contribution with Newcastle in the top flight is one FA Cup outing in the 2017-2018 campaign.
The African has made no secret of his desire to leave St James’ Park. His agent, Mohammed Sinouh, has been trying to engineer his exit from the club for some time.
It was hoped that the north-east outfit would cancel his contract, which is due to expire in the summer. TuttoMercatoWeb reported earlier this week that he would be allowed to leave for nothing.
But Milan officials have yet to hear and are said to be looking at other players. However, Il Milanista are suggesting they might offer cash to try and get a deal done before the window closes.
They say the Italian giants ‘could decide to move and propose an offer’, seeing him as a ‘low cost profile’. The Rossoneri are in dire need of a left-back and seem keen on Lazaar despite his lack of action.
He has spent time on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, Benevento and Cosenza. It seems inevitable that the defender will be leaving the club and any money received would be a bonus.
He confessed back in March last year that it was a mistake to join Newcastle. It was thought he would be on his way in the summer but his days are now surely numbered.
Foxes man on the radar
Lazaar is almost certainly on his way out but Steve Bruce admits he wants midfielder Hamza Choudhury. The Magpies are on a dreadful run of results and a relegation dogfight looks on the cards.
With finances tight, it seems unlikely that there will be any big-name signings in the winter window. The best Bruce could hope for is a loan deal and he admitted that Choudhury is a player he admires.
“It’s been reported, but I’m never going to speak about anybody else’s player, I think that would be wrong,” he said. “But it’s somebody we do like, yes.”
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