Newcastle United are reportedly plotting a move for Youri Tielemans in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Summer interest
The St. James’ Park outfit were repeatedly linked with a Deadline Day move for Tielemans, but a deal never materialised.
He has ended up staying at Leicester City, but with his contract up in the summer, the Foxes could well be forced to sell in January at the risk of losing him for free.
The Latest: January offer…
As per Jeunes Footeux, the North East club could put an offer of €20m (£17.4m) on the table for Tielemans in January, which would be ‘difficult to refuse’ given his contract situation.
However, it is unclear whether the Belgium international would be open to the idea of moving to Tyneside.
The Verdict: Bargain
To get a player of Tieleman’s quality for under £20m, regardless of his contract situation, would be an absolute bargain.
Should Newcastle sign Tielemans?
Hailed as ‘one of Europe’s top midfielders’ by Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, he ranks in the 97th percentile for xG assisted, and in the 92nd for shot-creating actions, while he also ranks highly among Europe’s top five leagues in terms of total shots and progressive passes (FBref).
Nonetheless, Tielemans is only 25 years of age, and with plenty of Premier League experience under his belt already, signing him up is surely a no-brainer for Eddie Howe and his team.
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