Report: Newcastle United eager on January mortgage transfer for Manchester United defender Brandon Williams
According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle United plans to bring Manchester United defender Brandon Williams to St James’ Park on loan by the end of the season in January.
The 20-year-old is currently battling for play opportunities at Old Trafford, despite having played 36 games in all competitions last season. A temporary exit when the winter transfer window opens next month seems in sight.
Williams has been behind Alex Telles and Luke Shaw in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order on the left, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the undisputed first choice on the right.
While outside of the first-team plans at Man Utd, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is looking to bolster his defense and has the England youth international on his radar.
The Magpies watched Brandon in the two League Cup matches from 2020-21 while playing just six minutes of Premier League football and 31 minutes of Champions League football.
Newcastle isn’t the only one interested in the Red Devils Academy graduate. Southampton is also keeping an eye on its situation as manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants tough competition for his full-backs Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand.
The Saints wanted to borrow him that summer, but Solskjaer blocked the move and insisted that the English defender be in his plans.
The youngster won’t be short of suitors in January due to his enormous potential and quality, but he will happily move to where he is guaranteed the most chances to play and that could be with SJP.
Newcastle’s first choice left-back Jamal Lewis could use some good cover and competition and having Williams on the squad will come in handy.
He can play as a left-back, right-back, and full-back and that versatility could do a lot of good for Bruce in the second half of 2020-21.