Newcastle United could be handed a further blow in their attempts to lure transfer targets to the club this month, according to the Daily Mail.
They’ve revealed that Watford have made an attempt to sign Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley, though the Toffees reportedly do not want to let him leave on loan.
The Magpies have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old midfielder as Rafa Benitez tries to introduce more creativity into midfield.
Championship rivals Aston Villa are another said to be keen, though the Merseyside outfit are understood to be only willing to entertain a permanent transfer for the former Manchester United man right now.
He’s been frozen out of the picture at Goodison Park under Ronald Koeman, though a loan move is not thought to be Everton’s preference as they look to trim down their squad.
Toffees teammate James McCarthy is another being linked as a Toon target, though Cleverley could be out of reach for those on Tyneside.