Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12:59 by Ash Harrison

Chelsea willing to let Armando Broja leave on loan today with Newcastle potentially interested

Chelsea willing to let Armando Broja leave on loan today with Newcastle potentially interested
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There's still time to get deals done on this transfer deadline day and while it's unlikely Newcastle United will be doing any business, it's not impossible.

Newcastle still hold an interest in Armando Broja after missing out on the Albanian forward in the past and with Chelsea now changing their minds about letting the 22-year-old leave, Newcastle may be tempted to test the waters.

According to The Athletic's David Ornstein, Chelsea now feel that letting Broja go out on loan for the remainder of the season may be the best move all-round, but they will want a fee that they feel reflects his value, which is where things get dicey for Newcastle.

Newcastle have already shown their reluctance to pay over the odds for a loan

The Magpies have already backed away from a deal this winter due to high loan fees with the club pulling out of a deal for Kalvin Phillips paving the way for the England midfielder to join West Ham.

Newcastle could potentially go into Saturday's game with Luton Town with no recognised striker on the pitch with Alexander Isak nursing a groin issue he picked up in the win over Aston Villa and Callum Wilson just on his way back from injury and possibly to fit enough to play.

That could force Newcastle's hand to make the move for Broja to ensure Eddie Howe has adequate cover for his two injury-prone strikers for the rest of this season.

Broja hasn't exactly set the Premier League alight this season

As well as a large fee, Chelsea would want assurances over first-team football for Broja which shouldn't be too much of an issue given Newcastle's merry-go-round of injuries.

Broja has only managed two goals in 18 appearances for Chelsea this season, though, and that kind of return doesn't exactly go hand-in-hand with forking over large sums of money for a loan as far as we're concerned.

It doesn't seem like this one will happen, but it's still nice to have hope of some business on deadline day.

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