Lukaku to Newcastle move called off

NAPLES, ITALY - JANUARY 20: Jordan Lukaku of SS Lazio in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and SS Lazio at Stadio San Paolo on January 20, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Lazio wing-back Jordan Lukaku’s move to Newcastle United has officially collapsed due to a medical related issue.

Jordan who is the younger brother of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was expected to complete the move to Rafa Benitez’s side.

“Newcastle United can confirm that Jordan Lukaku will not be joining the club,” read a statement cited on Football Italia.

“The Belgian defender was on Tyneside on Friday after being given permission to travel by his current club, SS Lazio.

“It has now been decided that a loan deal will not be pursued and the player will return to Rome.”

FIFA agent Vincenzo Morabito suggested on Facebook that the issue was medical. “I think they might send him back…”

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The 24-year-old made eight competitive appearances for Lazio this season, providing one assist, but only returned in November after five months out.

He had muscular problems, then the inflammation of knee ligaments.

Lukaku has remained a regular starter in recent times and was part of the team that lost 2-1 to Napoli in their last Serie A encounter.