Newcastle United notebook: Lewis Hall Carabao Cup fate in Chelsea hands & Holland star on Toon radar

Newcastle United are still harbouring hopes that Lewis Hall can be involved in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

The left-sided player is on loan from the Blues but his move to Newcastle looks set to be made permanent at the end of the campaign. The Magpies can’t play him in the top-flight fixture at St James’ Park on November 25 due to Premier League loan rules.

But Newcastle could get approval from Chelsea via written consent from the Blues for Hall, who seems destined to make the move to United permanent in the summer, to play in the last eight tie in London in December.

At Eddie Howe’s Press conference on Friday, it was confirmed that the Magpies are waiting to hear from Chelsea for a decision for the cup tie.

Holland star on Newcastle United radar

Suggestions in Italy and Holland are claiming that Newcastle have an interest in Teun Koopmeiners ahead of the January window. The Dutch international, a client with the same agency as Eddie Howe, is a defensive midfielder that would fit the bill in terms of cover for Sandro Tonali.

Koopmeiners’ current contract runs down in 2025 and he is valued at around the £31million mark by his club Atlanta. Koopmeiners can play in a variety of positions and had three assists and two goals to his name in nine Serie A matches this season.

Alexander Isak on course for Chelsea clash

The Sweden international will miss all of the games between now and the next international break according to Eddie Howe.

Isak came off with a recurrence of his groin problem in the 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and now faces rehab and rest in the next few weeks. But Howe, while not wanting to put pressure on Isak, is confident that he could return at the end of the month for the Chelsea encounter at St James’ Park.

He would also be fit for the potential decisive game away to Paris St-Germain in Champions League Group F.

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