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‘No contact’ over Drinkwater from Kasimpasa; Leeds United not interested in Tomori — report

A decrease in suitors

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Despite Kasimpasa being linked to a surprise loan move for Danny Drinkwater, The Athletic report that “no contact” has taken place between the Turkish first division side and Drinkwater’s entourage.

The Athletic add that Turkey, like the UK, are under lockdown at the moment, and that alone would be a major hindrance for Drinkwater if he were to move.

Given that Kasimpasa were the first club in a while to show any reported interest in the 30-year-old, his situation and outlook for the rest of the month and the season(s) ahead looks quite precarious. His Chelsea contract expires in 18 months, and any solution at this point might have to be a bit more out of the box.

Meanwhile, along somewhat less unfortunate lines, Fikayo Tomori could be back on the market. He was all set to be unlucky twice over after Andreas Christensen’s supposed “serious” knee injury, but Frank Lampard has refuted that bit of injury speculation. So, a potential January loan for Tomori appears to be back on.

Newcastle United has looked the most likely destination, and that still remains the case (alongside honorable mentions Rennes of Ligue 1), with Leeds United apparently not interested in following up on their summer interest. According to The Athletic, Marcelo Bielsa is not interested in acquiring a new centre back in this window and will stick with his current options despite a couple of injuries.

Either way, hopefully Tomori finds a better situation for his development than he’s had at Chelsea in 2020.