Newcastle United revive interest in Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury… but boss Steve Bruce faces battle to persuade owner Mike Ashley to increase transfer budget
- Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wanted to sign Hamza Choudhury in January
- But Leicester were unwilling to let him go following an injury to Dennis Praet
- The Foxes are lining up Boubakary Soumare so are open to offer for Choudhury
- But Bruce will need to convince Mike Ashley to increase the club’s budget
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has rekindled his interest in Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
Bruce wanted to sign the England U21 international in January but Leicester were unwilling to let him out after Dennis Praet picked up a hamstring injury.
Now, with Leicester having lined up the £20million signing of Lille’s Boubakary Soumare, they would be willing to listen to offers. Bruce’s main problem though will be persuading owner Mike Ashley to increase his transfer budget.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce (left) has reignited his interest in Hamza Choudhury (right)
Bruce targeted Choudhury in January but Leicester refused due to Dennis Praet’s injury
Newcastle are advancing with their £8million move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer and have discussed a deal for Wigan striker Kyle Joseph but that will leave little left in the coffers for the likes of Choudhury or Joe Willock who has impressed on loan from Arsenal.
It’s understood Newcastle have around £12m to spend plus any revenue they raise through sales.
Winger Allan Saint-Maximin is their prime sellable asset but the club are likely to price him out of any move with the Frenchman valued in the £70m bracket.
That means they will have to be creative in their pay structure on deals or rely on loans.
Choudhury, 23, was part of Leicester’s FA Cup winning side but is open to a move so he can play more regular football.
Leicester are planning a move for Boubakary Soumare so are open to offers for Choudhury
But Bruce will have to convince Magpies owner Mike Ashley to increase their summer budget
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