Report: Newcastle United want Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan, but Ronald Koeman wants to sell

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United have reportedly identified Everton's Tom Cleverley as a potential signing in the January transfer window.

According to a report in the Shields Gazette, Everton are only interested in selling Tom Cleverley in the January transfer window.

Newcastle United had put Cleverley on their transfer wishlist for the month ahead.

However, the deal appears to be in some doubt, as Rafael Benitez only wanted the central midfielder on a loan move.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle are looking to strengthen in the coming weeks, and they are eager to use the loan market to their advantage.

The Magpies believed that Everton may have been willing to allow Cleverley to leave temporarily, but Ronald Koeman is reportedly only open to letting the former Manchester United man leave permanently.

Everton's Tom Cleverley looks dejected

Newcastle are now looking at other options, and they are prepared to wait until the end of January to do business.

Newcastle also have an interest in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as Benitez looks to bolster his midfield options.

Cleverley has made 10 Premier League appearances for Everton so far this term, but he is yet to score.

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