Newcastle transfer news: Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham wanted by Steve Bruce in loan deal

Newcastle keen on Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham; French midfielder made it clear he wants to leave Parkhead ahead of Monday's transfer deadline; Newcastle also linked with Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury as Steve Bruce looks at midfield reinforcements

Celtic's Olivier Ntcham during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at the Giuseppe Meazza, Milan.
Image: Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has attracted attention from Premier League clubs Newcastle and West Brom this month

Newcastle have made a loan enquiry for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic would prefer an option to buy clause added into any loan deal, with the 24-year-old Frenchman entering the final 18 months of his Parkhead contract.

Ntcham - who has made it clear he wants to leave Celtic - is also a target for Ligue 1 club Marseille while Lyon also have a long-standing interest in the player.

The midfielder has made seven league starts this season and has missed some games due to self-isolating after Celtic's Dubai training camp earlier in January.

He was denied a deadline-day move to Brest in October and West Brom made an enquiry for him earlier this month.

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Newcastle are keen on bringing in a midfielder on loan ahead of Monday's transfer deadline, with boss Steve Bruce confirming his interest in Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury on Friday.

"It's somebody we've liked," he said. "It has been reported, but I'm never going to speak about anybody else's player, I think that would be wrong. But it's somebody we do like, yes."

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