Newcastle United's pursuit of Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo could take a turn amid claims that they could sign him permanently, rather than just on loan.
The Magpies may have already signed one winger this summer by landing loan winger Christian Atsu on a permanent basis, but manager Rafael Benitez still wants another wide man.
Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo (R) in action with Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta
Now, The Times report that Newcastle could strike a deal for Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo, and whilst it was initially thought that it would be a loan deal, Benitez could instead sign the youngster permanently this summer.
Ojo, 20, joined Liverpool from Milton Keynes Dons in 2011, and he has been making his way up through the ranks at Anfield having joined as a 14-year-old.
The winger has made just 13 first-team appearances for Liverpool, and whilst he has gone out on loan to Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ojo now needs playing time having featured for England at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this summer.
Whilst Newcastle initially wanted to take Ojo on loan, they could now sign the wide man on a permanent deal, though it's noted that Liverpool would want a buy-back clause in the transfer, just as they did upon selling Jordon Ibe to Bournemouth last summer.
Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action with Plymouth Argyle's Ben Purrington
However, Liverpool fans are far from impressed with the rumours surrounding Ojo's potential permanent exit, with many urging the club not to let him go at all, never mind selling him.
Others demanded a buy-back clause being inserted into the deal, with a general feeling of disappointment among supporters who want to see Ojo play and develop at Anfield rather than watch him play for Newcastle instead.
Geez, I’ve never even considered us selling Ojo. What kind of money do you think we should command for him? He is a WC U20 winner after all. https://t.co/MKdRpmbe7m— LFC Podcasting Couch (@PodcastingCouch) July 16, 2017
No I don't like the idea of selling ojo pls— A (@LethalLaIIana) July 16, 2017
Reject it, either keep Ojo at the club or let him go on loan. Don't sell him, He's a good prospect man https://t.co/IlzLwzf9Qh— Firmino (@ZaanQadri) July 16, 2017
Ojo would benefit from leaving the club for regular first team football. The deal would have to have a buy back clause though.— Kane (@SimpIyWijnaldum) July 16, 2017
I would be disappointed to see Sheyi Ojo sold this summer. A buy-back clause would be an absolute must. So much talent & potential.— Matt (@FalseFirmino) July 16, 2017
In my opinion ojo should not be loaned out or sold, that would be a massive mistake as he is one of the most promising players in England— LFCYNWA (@LFCYNWA125) July 16, 2017
will be disappointed if Sheyi Ojo leaves on a permanent transfer. https://t.co/thqCsq8iMW— Nikhil Mukundan (@_nikhil8) July 16, 2017
Would be disappointed to see Ojo depart permanently this summer. A loan move would be preferred - he's got plenty of talent in his boots.— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 16, 2017
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