Newcastle are reeling from the collapse of Rob Holding’s proposed move to St James’ Park from Arsenal.
The centre-half was targeted for a loan deal on Tyneside as his future at the Emirates Stadium looked bleak.
Mikel Arteta has added William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes to his squad for the new season, meaning he has an excess amount of defenders.
To make room, Holding looked set to leave the Gunners, at least on a temporary basis.
But he has since started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games against Fulham and West Ham, helping them kick off the campaign with back-to-back victories.
Holding struggled up against Michail Antonio in the Gunners’ fortunate 2-1 win on Saturday night, however, he looks to have convinced Arteta he should stay.
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle thought they had a deal all but done and are still shocked a loan never materialised, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The decision by Arsenal to make a U-turn on Holding put a major dent in Newcastle’s plans defensively for the 2020/21 season.
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They are now being linked with Holding’s Arsenal team-mate Calum Chambers instead as an alternative option.
If they want a permanent transfer for Chambers, it will reportedly cost the Magpies around £12m.
But Holding was their preferred target, and Newcastle had even gone as far as sorting a house out ahead of his arrival, Nixon adds.
Having lined up a property for the 25-year-old, it showed how keen Bruce’s side were to lure ex-Bolton ace Holding back up north.
West Ham were also keen to take him from Arsenal to offer him more guaranteed game time this season.
But even if they were to agree a £5m loan deal with the Gunners, it was felt Holding would snub a move across the capital.