According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United’s chase of Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley could be faced with an unwelcome blow.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to St. James’ Park after falling down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman on Merseyside, though the Toffees will reportedly only look to shift him on a permanent basis.
That could prove difficult for the Magpies, who are only thought to be exploring the possibility of a loan move for the ex-Manchester United and England ace.
Rafa Benitez’s Toon Army are desperate for some more creativity as they chase a quick-fire promotion back to the Premier League, with only the suspended Jonjo Shelvey looking like a dangerous central midfielder right now.
The Everton man would go some way into helping on that front, though a deal looks to be complicated.
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