Newcastle United took Achraf Lazaar from Palermo in 2016, but he’s only made a handful of appearances for the Tyneside club so far.

After spending only one full season at St James’ Park, the Magpies then sent him out on loan to Benevento, Sheffield Wednesday and Serie B side Cosenza.

In September, the left-back had expressed his desire to leave Steve Bruce’s side on a permanent transfer in the summer.

That didn’t happen and the manager has left the Morocco international out of Newcastle’s Premier League squad for this season. The 28-year-old is now featuring for the club’s U23 side.

The defender changed agents in August and is now represented by Vincenzo Pisacane. The representative has given an interview to TuttoMercatoWeb, and opened the door for the Newcastle player to return to Italy.

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“We worked to bring him back to Italy until the last day of the market. There was some interest, but it did not materialise,” Pisacane said.

“I hope to see him again in our [Italian] league. He must find continuity. He knows what were the mistakes of the past, he is a strong player.”

Lazaar has a contract with Newcastle until the end of the season and failure from Bruce’s side to offload him in January will see the fullback leave the club as a free agent next summer.