The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly plotting an exciting double swoop for Eddie Howe and Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Botman in
After the arrival of central defender Sven Botman from Lille, the St. James’ Park outfit can now shift their focus further up the pitch, with reliable reports believing attacking signings are next on the agenda.
They have already brought in left-back Matt Targett from Aston Villa on a permanent deal and goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley, so will now be looking to strengthen in the forward areas of the pitch, having bagged just 44 goals in 38 top flight matches last season.
The Latest: Double swoop
A new striker and winger are thought to be the ‘finishing touches’ to Howe’s squad, and a bid ‘could be made soon’ for Calvert-Lewin, while between £40-50m may be enough to bring Diaby to Tyneside.
The Verdict: Difficult
Given that Everton are set to lose Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur, they may be reluctant to sell Calvert-Lewin as well in the same window.
Should Newcastle sign Calvert-Lewin?
As for Diaby, it has already been reported that the Bayer Leverkusen star has ‘no intention‘ of moving to the Magpies.
If the money put forward for both players is right, then the Toon’s board will feel as if they have a chance of signing them, but they certainly need alternatives lined up – Howe cannot afford to enter the new campaign with only Callum Wilson and the misfiring Chris Wood to choose from up front.
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