Newcastle face rethink after Liverpool turn down loan approach

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Newcastle United have been frustrated in a loan move for Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo.

Rafa Benitez is looking to sign another winger in this summer’s transfer window, and Ojo – who helped England win the Under-20 World Cup earlier this month – has been identified as a potential recruit by the Spaniard.

Newcastle – who have already signed winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea this summer – have approached Benitez’s former club about the possibility of taking Ojo on loan.

But Liverpool made it clear that the winger is unlikely to be farmed out this season.

A number of other Premier League clubs are also understood to have enquired about the England Under-20 international, who has had loan spells at Wolves and Wigan.

Newcastle can only hope now that Liverpool’s stance changes before the summer transfer window closes.

Ojo helped England’s Under-20s win the World Cup earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Tyrone Bartlett will finally complete his move to Newcastle after getting international clearance.

The 17-year-old striker, the son of former Charlton Athletic and South Africa striker Shaun, had a successful trial at the black and whites last season.

Newcastle have also confirmed their final first-team pre-season friendly.

The club will take on Italian outfit Hellas Verona, managed by former Magpie coach Fabio Pecchia, at St James’s Park on Sunday, August 6 (3pm kick-off).

That will be the Tynesiders’ last preparatory game ahead of the Premier League opener at home to Tottenham the following weekend.