Newcastle United have made no contact with Eintracht Frankfurt to discuss turning Jetro Willems temporary move into a permanent transfer in January, according to the Chronicle.
The 22-cap Dutchman joined the Toon on loan in the summer with the club taking possession of an option-to-buy in 2020, but are not prioritising holding talks with his parent Bundesliga outfit to bring forward the deal at the moment.
Willems would welcome a transfer being finalised for him to become a full-time Magpie in the winter market, and has told friends that he would ‘definitely’ like to continue his career on Tyneside beyond the current campaign.
Finalising a permanent transfer for Willems to join the club in January will require some negotiating with Frankfurt, as our option-to-buy clause stipulates that it will only become active in April, while the fee is noted to be north of £10million.
Should we look to make Willems' loan deal permanent in January?
No, wait until the summer
No, he isn't good enough
Managing Director Lee Charnley pushed to make his temporary arrival possible this summer after seeing the club become desperate for options at left-back, and has seen his efforts rewarded with head coach Steve Bruce starting Willems in 13 of our Premier League games to date.
Willems last missed a top-flight teamsheet when omitted from the matchday squad away to Leicester City in September, and marked his return to the fold a week later by assisting Matty Longstaff’s winner at home to Manchester United.
There had been concerns at the time of his arrival that Willems would need time to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, but the 25-year-old has actually lost weight while adding muscle thanks to a tailored fitness programme.
In other Newcastle United news, a £42k-p/w Magpies man has been tipped for a January exit.