According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United remain interested in signing Kieran Tierney.
The Geordies have been linked with a move for the Scotland international for several months but have since prioritised recruitment in other areas taking their net spend to over £100 million.
As they look to comply with FFP regulations, it’s looking unlikely that a permanent deal could be agreed to this summer, but a year-long loan is an option with a fee for the Scotland international being deferred for 12 months. The report claims they are also keeping tabs on Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella.
Arsenal aren’t thought to be in a rush to do such a deal, particularly as Newcastle are top four rivals this season, and are waiting to see if any other clubs make a move. Real Sociedad are also thought to be keen on a loan deal for the 27-year-old.
Despite making several appearances as a substitute in the Gunners’ pre-season friendlies, Tierney didn’t make Mikel Arteta’s squad for the opening Premier League game of the season.
New signing Jurrien Timber started Saturday’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest and Takehiro Tomiyasu came on as a replacement when the Dutchman picked up an injury. Both are right-footed players and have been covering for Oleksandr Zinchenko while he recovers from a long-standing calf issue.
Underlining the strength in depth at Emirates Stadium, Poland international Jakub Kiwior can also play at left-back.
Tierney is one of nine players that Arsenal are keen to move on before the transfer window closes on 1st September.
Goalkeepers Arthur Okonkwo and Alex Runarsson, defenders Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares and Rob Holding, midfielder Sambi Lokonga and attackers Nicolas Pepe and Folarin Balogun could also depart.