Alexander Isak has until 75 MINUTES before kick-off to get work permit as Newcastle wait on £60m signing for Liverpool
ALEXANDER ISAK could be granted a work permit to make his Newcastle debut at Liverpool tonight just 75 minutes before kick-off.
Newcastle’s £60million record signing from Real Sociedad watched Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves from the stands.
The striker, 22, will travel to Liverpool with Toon boss Eddie Howe prepared to wait right up until the 6.45pm cut-off.
Howe said: “It would be great to see him involved for us but we’re still in the hands of other people.
“We’re desperately hoping that it gets done before the game but there’s no guarantee.
“It could go down to the wire. We’ll wait and see.
“We’ve had minimal training with him between games but what he has done, he’s done very well. I’m excited by him.”
Howe does not expect any more permanent arrivals, having spent £117m this summer.
But the Magpies are on the lookout for loans, with Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles fancied.
Howe added: “We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done.
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“That’s not to say we’re totally closed off, we’re still looking.”
Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin are doubtful with hamstring problems, while Jonjo Shelvey and Callum Wilson remain sidelined.
NEWCASTLE (likely): Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock, S Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Wood, Fraser.