Newcastle United’s chances of signing Ademola Lookman appear to have been dealt a blow, with RB Leipzig not keen on letting him go.

Lookman had been linked with a move to St James’ Park this month, with Newcastle boss Steve Bruce looking to add to his injury-ravaged squad.

The English forward is currently at RB Leipzig, whom he joined in a £16.2m deal from Everton in the summer transfer window.

His return to Germany has not gone well, however, with him making just three appearances in all competitions so far.

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He has faced some criticism in the country, with most labelling him a flop as far as Leipzig are concerned.

That led to speculation he could return to England this month, and several reports have suggested that Newcastle are keen on his signature.

It seems they may face frustration should they make a move, though, with the club’s managing director, Oliver Mitzlaff, indicating it won’t be happening.

“Ademola Lookman is a player who has already proven to us that he has a lot of quality,” Tag 24 report him saying to Sky, at the New Year’s reception for the German Football League.

“It was certainly not an easy first round for him. Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality. So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman.”

There is no mention of a permanent exit, but, who knows, perhaps if Newcastle were to offer Leipzig the chance to get their money back, they might be tempted.