Steve Bruce Reluctant to Make Valentino Lazaro’s Loan Deal Permanent

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Valentino Lazaro is unlikely to return to Newcastle next season, with Magpies’ boss Steve Bruce reluctant to pay the £20m fee it would require to make the Austrian’s loan deal permanent.

The Inter loanee has been restricted to just nine appearances in the league for Newcastle this season, with the likes of Deandre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo regularly selected ahead of him.

According to the Northern Echo, manager Bruce isn’t willing to spend the £20m necessary to bring Lazaro back to St James’ next season. The right-sided midfielder has impressed a number of times and was said to be open to the idea of signing for Newcastle permanently, but will likely have to look elsewhere for his next move.

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Newcastle boss Bruce is reluctant to spend £20m bringing Lazaro back to Newcastle | Pool/Getty Images

With the Newcastle takeover saga still ongoing, it’s currently unclear what sort of budget the club will have to operate with in the upcoming transfer window, so the club are hesitant on spending a fee around £20m for someone who is largely considered a backup option.

Lazaro won’t be the only loanee who isn’t brought back next season though, with Bruce also reportedly unwilling to make midfielder Nabil Bentaleb’s loan deal a permanent one. The Schalke midfielder has featured in eight of Newcastle’s 11 Premier League games since his arrival in January and, while the Bundesliga side are prepared to sell the Algerian in the upcoming transfer window, Bruce is keen to spend his money elsewhere ahead of next season.

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Nabil Bentaleb is another Newcastle loanee unlikely to return next season | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

One man who Newcastle are keen to bring back permanently is Danny Rose. The Tottenham left-back has impressed Bruce with his commitment and professionalism following his arrival in January, and the Magpies manager has spoken to the Newcastle hierarchy about bringing Rose back to St James’ on a permanent deal once his loan spell ends.

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