RB Leipzig will not accept a loss on the £22.5 million they paid to land Ademola Lookman from Everton last summer, according to the Northern Echo.
Newcastle are reportedly looking at bringing Lookman back to the Premier League just months after his departure but a cut-price deal is not on the cards.
The Bundesliga outfit want to recoup more than what they paid for the former Charlton man amid interest from Steve Bruce’s side.
Newcastle may reportedly be able to broker an initial loan deal, but Leipzig want a compulsory purchase fee inserted into the deal, as well as a loan fee. Together, they would exceed £22.5 million in value.
TBR’s View – Bowen at £20 million or Lookman for over £22.5 million?
The report also named Jarred Bowen of Hull as a potential January arrival on Tyneside, stating that the Championship club are willing to do business at £20 million this month.
It says Newcastle are not willing to pay that, but it might be more tempting to splash out for a player who has been playing and scoring goals this season, albeit in a league below, rather than punt on Lookman who has lost his way somewhat.
Both men have quality and potential to improve further and Newcastle know what they’d need to pay to get their deals over the line. As ever, it’s whether Mike Ashley would do it.