Newcastle make U-turn on Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku as they confirm they will not ‘pursue loan deal’
- Newcastle have pulled out of a deal to sign Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku on loan
- The Belgian travelled to England for talks on Friday but will now return to Rome
- The Premier League club confirmed they will now not be pursuing a deal for him
- Is is Rafa Benitez’s priority to fill their problem left back position this month
Jordan Lukaku’s proposed loan move to Newcastle has collapsed with the Premier League club confirming they have backed out of the deal.
The Belgian defender had travelled to Tyneside on Friday to discuss terms and have a medical after being given permission from his parent club.
However, Newcastle have confirmed in a short statement released on Friday night that they will now not be signing Lukaku.
Newcastle have backed out of a deal to sign Lazio left back Jordan Lukaku on loan
The club said: ‘It has now been decided that a loan deal will not be pursued and the player will return to Rome.
‘We wish Jordan all the best for the future.’
Newcastle had switched their attentions to Lukaku earlier this week after failing to reach an agreement with Monaco’s Antonio Barreca.
Lukaku has made 73 appearances for Lazio since joining in 2016 from Belgian side Oostende but has struggled for game time this season under Simone Inzaghi.
Paul Dummett, Newcastle’s only recognised left back, is out with a hamstring injury so Rafa Benitez has been playing a back three with Matt Ritchie at left wing back.
Newcastle boss Benitez remains optimistic of filling their problem left-back position this month and will now explore other options.
The Belgian had travelled to Tyneside on Friday to discuss terms but will now return to Rome