Bruce confirms Newcastle admires Leicester man ahead of potential loan


Steve Bruce has confirmed that Newcastle are still pursuing a loan deal for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Newcastle are yet to sign a senior contract this month and Bruce still believes he needs reinforcements as he seeks to reverse their slide to the relegation zone.

Choudhury emerged as a potential target near the start of this transfer window.. The midfielder hasn’t had many chances at Leicester this season.

He only started one game in the Premier League and made two more appearances as a substitute. He was, however, featured in every game of their Europa League group, scoring one goal.

Overall, however, the 23-year-old would have hoped for more playing time in the first half of the season. A loan release from King Power Stadium in January could rectify that.

Time is running out, but Newcastle would be a willing contender. Indeed, Bruce has now confirmed their interest.

“She’s someone we loved,” Bruce said.

“It’s been reported, but I’ll never talk about someone else’s player, I think that would be wrong. But he’s someone we love, yes.

“We had to be patient, but we are still hopeful that things will happen. I have a call or two to make to some managers in the next 24 hours, but I always knew it would be a tough window, certainly when you’re in the loan market.

His Leicester counterpart, Brendan Rodgers, has already admitted, however, that an injury to Dennis Praet could affect their plans for Choudhury.

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No assurance on Bruce’s future

Bruce, meanwhile, is under pressure after overseeing an 11-game winless streak.

He retains the confidence of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley but knows he has to change things.

Asked about his future, he said: “I wouldn’t expect to be bulletproof, no.

“I don’t need any insurance.

“Look, we are in the Premier League, we understand that we are judged by results and our results have not been good enough yet.”

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