Report explains why Newcastle didn't loan out Mike Williamson, despite Championship interest

Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Newcastle man Mike Williamson over the summer.

Mike Williamson was expected to leave Newcastle over the summer after his poor 2014/15 campaign, but a report in the Chronicle has explained why he was not allowed to exit St James’ Park on a loan deal.

Although Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Williamson, it is claimed that Steve McClaren was impressed with the central defender’s attitude to the game, and the head coach wanted to keep him around the first-team squad.

Williamson, 31, has appeared just once for the Magpies this season, playing the full 90 minutes in the League Cup victory over Northampton Town, whilst he has been named twice on the substitutes bench in four Premier League fixtures.

It appears as if McClaren believes he still has a role to play on Tyneside, and the head coach was impressed with his mindset and mentality at the beginning of this season despite being exceptionally poor last term.

Leeds were one of a number of clubs said to be tracking him in the Championship, as claimed by HITC Sport, with Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City also reportedly wanting him on a loan deal.

Aston Villa and Crystal Palace were also keen, but Newcastle were unwilling to see Williamson leave due to the role he could still play at St James’ Park.

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