Northern Ireland international Jamal Lewis could be set for a loan move to Turkey after being frozen out at Newcastle United.
The 23-year-old has been told he won’t be included in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad for the remainder of the season and may end up joining Trabzonspor. Lewis was handed the chance to join Championship side Birmingham on loan in the final stages of the transfer window but politely declined.
Instead, he had vowed to fight for his place at St James’ Park but Newcastle’s five January signings – including left-back Matt Targett – has seen Lewis and Ciaran Clark cast aside.
The club are keen for him to receive regular playing time elsewhere until the end of the season. Rather than stay on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, a switch to Turkey is an opportunity he may want to consider.
Newcastle signed Lewis from Norwich City in 2020 for £13.5million but he has fallen out of favour under Eddie Howe.
Trabzonspor’s interest in the player stems back as far as October. Lewis, who was also monitored by Liverpool during his time at Carrow Road, has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat to the Reds in December.
Turkish clubs have until February 8 to make signings with their transfer window open an additional week to England and the rest of Europe.
Fenerbahce are also interested in a left-back and have held discussions with Newcastle’s relegation rivals Watford over taking Danny Rose on loan.