Jamilu Collins’ hopes of sealing a dream move to the Premier League with Newcastle United appear to be over for the time being, with Kicker reporting that the door has closed for the Paderborn flyer.
The Magpies are once again expected to be in the market for a new left-back this summer and the performances of Collins, even in a struggling, bottom-of-the-table Bundesliga outfit, appeared to make him a contender to fill a Jetro Willems-shaped void in Steve Bruce’s starting XI.
Transfermarkt reported recently that Newcastle were rivalling Fulham for the signature of the highly-rated Nigerian international.
According to Kicker, the Tyneside giants appeared to be in luck. Collins, a man who idolises former Magpies ace Celestine Babayaro, had his heart set on a move to English shores this summer.
But it seems that neither he nor Newcastle have much say on the situation right now.
Kicker reports that the ‘strict requirements’ which could prevent non-EU players from obtaining the relevant work permit are likely to scupper any hopes Collins had of following in Babayaro’s footsteps in the off-season.
This pesky red tape is likely to get even more tangled in a post-Brexit world.
Newcastle might be about to become one of the richest clubs in world football thanks to the deep pockets of Saudi billionaire Mohammed Bin Salman. But money doesn’t buy you everything.