Tue 7 May 2024, 18:30 · Ash Harrison

Report: 30-year-old Newcastle man has his loan extended ahead of likely summer move

Report: 30-year-old Newcastle man has his loan extended ahead of likely summer move
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Banished Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser is set to extend his stay at Championship side Southampton as the South Coast club head to the play-offs.

As reported by The Shields Gazette, Eddie Howe's favourite person Ryan Fraser has a stay of execution before having to return to Newcastle where he will be likely thrown to the reserves to train after a falling out with the gaffer.

Fraser has enjoyed a decent loan spell at last season's relegated side, Southampton, and has kept The Saints in with a shout of getting back to the top tier at the first time of asking via the play-offs.

While fellow Championship loanees, Isaac Hayden, Harrison Ashby, Jamal Lewis and *shudder* Jeff Hendrick all seeing their respective loans come to an end this week, Ryan Fraser is allowed to stay on at Southampton to play in the play-offs.

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Ryan Fraser has bagged eight goals for Southampton

Fraser will have at least two more games for Southampton

The Saints go up against West Brom on May 12th and 17th and should they overcome that hurdle the will be off to Wembley for the final on May 26th.

Regardless of how that ends, that would be Frasers last game for Southampton before returning to Newcastle where the mission to find him a new club will begin.

Having impressed at Southampton, they may be keen to make the deal permanent, but it's far more likely to happen should they clinch promotion than if they miss out.


Eddie Howe is unlikely to welcome Fraser back wth open arms

Whatever happens, it's safe to say that Ryan Fraser's Newcastle career is over and Eddie Howe would rather see him rot in the reserves than put him in his squad for the next campaign.

Howe will also be looking for new homes for Hayden and Lewis while, mercifully, Hendrick's contract expires next month.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Harrison Ashby who had a good spell at Swansea and whether he'll be used by Howe next season or sent out for another loan after Tino Livramento leapfrogged him in the pecking order after his £32million move last summer.