NEWCASTLE UNITED are considering a January recall for Yankuba Minteh, who is currently on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord.

Minteh joined Newcastle in the summer on a permanent transfer from Danish club OB, with the Magpies agreeing a fee of around €7m for the 19-year-old.

However, upon arriving on Tyneside, the teenager forward was immediately loaned to Feyenoord, who are currently second in the Dutch top-flight.


The season-long loan agreement includes a clause enabling Newcastle to recall Minteh during the January transfer window, and with Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak both struggling with injury issues, the Magpies are currently extremely short of options in the attacking positions.

Minteh’s age means he would not take up a Premier League squad place, and a January recall is currently being considered despite the youngster having been forced to make a temporary return to England in the last week because of an ongoing injury problem of his own.

“We’ll look at our players that are out on loan, with a view to whether they could potentially strengthen us,” said Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe. “If it’s good for their career as well, then we’ll certainly look at what we can do.

“He’s (Minteh) done very well, although unfortunately he’s injured at the moment. He’s come back for an assessment on that injury because we need to check and see how he is.

“We need to work out how serious the injury is and when he’ll be back, and then we’ll make a decision on him, like we would with all our loan players.”

Minteh has impressed during his spell with Feyenoord, scoring three goals in his five Eredivisie starts and four substitute appearances.

His last outing came last month, when he was part of the Feyenoord starting line-up that claimed a 4-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem.

“I think his loan spell has been a productive one,” said Howe. “He’s scored goals and been part of a successful team. He’s certainly got talent, although the Premier League is a very different league to any other league in Europe.

“That doesn’t mean that players can’t come in or out of the Premier League. He’s someone we like, and he’s certainly got the athletic profile that we need.”