Real Madrid outcast Isco sent warning with Newcastle set to pull out of transfer
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Newcastle are set to ditch their plans of signing Real Madrid outcast Isco in the January transfer window. The Magpies had reportedly been eyeing up the out-of-favour Spaniard but his attitude appears to be proving a problem.
Callum Wilson netted the only goal of the game against Burnley at St. James’ Park on Saturday as Newcastle claimed three precious points to lift themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table.
The victory was the Magpies’ first of the season as new manager Eddie Howe begins to make his mark having been brought in by the club’s new Saudi-backed ownership.
Newcastle face a crucial few months as they bid to avoid relegation and the upcoming January transfer window is a significant opportunity to strengthen the squad.
One of the many names being linked with a move to St. James’ Park in the New Year has been that of Spain midfielder Isco, however plans to sign him have now been cast into doubt.
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The 29-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid, finding minutes hard to come by under manager Carlo Ancelotti following his reappointment in the summer.
Despite Los Blancos being keen to offload the squad player, reports in Spain suggest Newcastle now have reservations over signing the playmaker.
According to Super Deporte, the recently-bankrolled Magpies are said to be concerned by Isco’s poor performances and by his “terrible” behaviour both in training and while on the substitutes bench.
The midfielder recently hit the headlines in Spain after throwing a sulk and refusing to warm-up in a recent La Liga match against Granada after his substitution was supposedly put on hold.
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Isco has been used sparingly by Ancelotti this season and has only found the net once in a mere seven appearances, most of which have come from the bench.
While the Spaniard looks set to depart the Bernabeu in January having found himself behind Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and even academy star Antonio Blanco in the Real Madrid pecking order, it appears Newcastle won’t be his destination, despite their desire to splash out on signings.
Shortly after Howe’s appointment as manager at the beginning of November, club director and shareholder Amanda Staveley outlined the importance of strengthening the Newcastle squad in the January window.
“We are preparing for the January transfer window,” Staveley told the club’s website.
“It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment.
“It would have been an easy decision for us not to but the club, just wait until post-Christmas and post the January window and see where the club was in the league, and then make the acquisition.
“That would have been the safe investment bet, but we didn’t do that. We decided, if we didn’t do it now, it wasn’t going to happen and we had to take that risk.
“We took that risk because the club was sitting in 19th position at the time and Eddie took the job knowing there was that risk.”
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