Newcastle United have decided against pursuing a deal for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial in January.
The cash-rich Geordies have been linked with a move to sign the Frenchman, who appears set to leave Man United when the transfer window opens next month.
Newcastle are in dire need of reinforcements as they bid to avoid relegation to the second-tier, which would be a disastrous start for their new Saudi ownership.
However, it doesn’t appear as though Martial will be one of those reinforcements, with Football Insider reporting that Eddie Howe has cooled his interest in the 26-year-old.
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The report claims that Howe was offered the opportunity to add Martial to his squad, but he REJECTED the proposal, clearly not keen on the idea of spending £6m of his budget on a six-month loan.
You can understand why Howe would feel as though the cash could be better spent elsewhere, but Newcastle need Premier League proven players, a category which Martial fits into.
Nevertheless, Martial will not be heading to St. James’ Park, and if even the team 19th in the Premier League doesn’t want to sign him, you have to wonder if anyone will…