Achraf Lazaar's Genoa loan move is OFF '“ and defender due back at Newcastle
Newcastle United outcast Achraf Lazaar's set to return to the club '“ after a proposed move broke down at the 11th hour.
The defender has been in Italy hoping to secure a season-long loan move to Genoa.
However, the two clubs couldn't agree the terms of the deal before the Italian transfer window closed tonight.
Lazaar – who has only made a handful of appearances for Newcastle since joining from Palermo two years ago – was frozen out by Rafa Benitez a year ago and sent on loan to Benevento.
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Speaking before the move broke down, United manager Benitez said: “Lazaar’s in Genoa at the moment, trying to do a deal. I don’t have the details of the deals, but they are talking.”
Lazaar – who had been training at Newcastle's Academy – has three years left on his Newcastle contract.
United midfielder Henri Saivet, also under contract until 2021, is set to join Bursaspor on a season-long deal, while winger Rolando Aarons and defender Jamie Sterry – who need to be playing regular football – are also available for loan.