It is January, the transfer wheels are turning, and the rumour mill is kicking into overdrive as we head towards the end of the window.
This evening, there are reports linking Bernd Leno with a move to Newcastle which, ordinarily, we’d dismiss, but they’re coupled with stories about a potential move for American stopper Matt Turner.
That Newcastle might have interest in the German is understandable, and that he might want to leave makes sense, having lost his place to Aaron Ramsdale. However, without any kind of experienced back-up, there’s no way the Gunners could sanction a deal this month.
🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 Breaking news!!@Arsenal have put in a strong bid for @headdturnerr from the @NERevolution today. What a great opportunity for both the player & franchise to further enhance their brand. What a great time to be a #NERevs supporter. #MLS
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 20, 2022
Turner, a 27 year old US international with 13 caps to his name, currently plays for New England Revolution, having had previous spells with Richmond Kickers and Jersey Express, which sounds like a bus you get from the airport.
It’s hard to establish just how much there is to this. However, Arsenal have shown a willingness to let go of players who want to get minutes elsewhere, as the departures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac have demonstrated this month.
Leno isn’t even the cup keeper, with Ramsdale preferred for last week’s Carabao Cup semi-final and he is expected to start the second leg against Liverpool tonight, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he wanted to go and play.
As such, we’ll give this one a slightly wary 6 on the Poo-O-Meter.