Report: Newcastle to hold off Mike Williamson loan deal due to Paul Dummett injury

Newcastle defender Williamson is unlikely to be heading out on loan, despite interest from Leeds and Brighton.

A number of Championship sides have shown an interest on signing Mike Williamson now that the Football League loan window has opened, but a report in the Shields Gazette explains why a deal will not go through.

Paul Dummett is currently out of action through injury, meaning that Williamson is needed for back-up, and he has already appeared twice on the substitutes bench in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old has also played the full 90 minutes in the Magpies League Cup victory over Northampton, and will likely be around the first-team set-up whilst Dummett is out of action.

With the Welsh defender not expected to be ready for match action for another month, the Magpies are unwilling to send Williamson away from St James’ Park until Dummett can take to the field.

A number of Championship clubs have reportedly shown an interest in moving for Williamson now that the loan window is open, with the Chronicle claiming that three sides in particular are keen on the centre-back.

Leeds United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford are all listed in the report as being linked with Williamson, but they are now sure to change targets following this update on the central defender’s future.

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