Newcastle United and Burnley have both had loan bids for Hamza Choudhury rejected by Leicester City, according to a report from the Sunday People (19/1; page 49).
The Magpies have pulled further away from the bottom three in the Premier League with a dramatic win over Chelsea.
Nevertheless, Steve Bruce will be hoping that the January window can give them the tools to put even more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
Unfortunately for the Magpies however, it appears that one of their bids has been knocked back by a Premier League rival.
The Sunday People (19/1; page 49) reports that the Foxes have rejected bids from both Newcastle and the Clarets for Choudhury.
The report notes that Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the 22-year-old at the King Power Stadium so has turned down the chance to offload him on loan.
Choudhury has made 13 Premier League appearances this season. But he has started just six times for the high-flying Foxes. So you could understand why Newcastle and Burnley were tempted to try their luck.
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It is interesting that Bruce is keen on Choudhury given what happened when Newcastle played Leicester in the Carabao Cup back in August.
Choudhury was booked for a challenge on Matt Ritchie that kept the midfielder out until January.
Bruce later described the challenge as potentially career-ending had Ritchie not attempted to back out. He insisted that the Leicester man was a very good player, but suggested that he needed to cut that out of his game, in comments reported by the Guardian.
The Newcastle boss was reportedly adamant that the youngster should have been sent off on that occasion.
And it appears that the Leicester man has now caused Bruce even more frustration after the Magpies reportedly made a bid to bring him to St James’ Park.