Newcastle United are not close to agreeing a deal to sign loanee Valentino Lazaro permanently from Inter.

Suffering due to a lack of playing time at the San Siro, Lazaro made the move to St James' Park in the January transfer window.


He made four appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle before the season was suspended last month and it is not clear if the campaign will restart before his loan officially ends.

The 24-year-old Austrian is seen as a potential source of funds for Inter in the summer window, but according to Italian outlet, a permanent move to Newcastle is considered a distant prospect at the moment.

Newcastle do not yet appear to have taken steps to put the wheels in motion on a permanent deal and the lack of clarity over the season finishing could affect finances.

With an uncertain future ahead, Newcastle, like many other clubs, could have put their transfer plans on hold, meaning Lazaro may head back to Italy.

Lazaro joined Inter only last summer from German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.

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He has insisted that Nerazzurri coach Antonio Conte gave his blessing to his move to Newcastle in January.