Newcastle United are among the clubs interested in signing Matthew Hoppe from Schalke 04, according to Football Insider.
Back in January, he netted a hat-trick on just his third Bundesliga start against Hoffenheim. The 20-year-old striker would then go on to score three more for the team who finished bottom of the table with a mere 16 points.
He already has five United States senior caps under his belt, bagging his first goal for his country in a Gold Cup win over Jamaica in July.
Valued at £4.05m by Transfermarkt, Hoppe isn’t the only Schalke player with whom Newcastle have been linked this summer. Former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak was also on their list, but he has seemingly been deemed too expensive (via The Athletic).
Newcastle, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford are all said to have lodged enquiries about Hoppe, according to Football Insider.
A recruitment source has told the publication that Hoppe’s representatives are due to fly to the UK for talks with ‘a number of clubs’. There will also be further discussions with teams ‘across Europe’.
Hoppe is expected to leave a ‘financially stricken’ Schalke, who seemingly have little choice but to sell one of their ‘premier talents’ this summer following their relegation from the Bundesliga.
Newcastle would be wise to capitalise on Schalke’s financial difficulties and sign a special talent like Hoppe for a cut-price fee. To stand out as a reliable goalscorer for a team who struggled so dismally is no mean feat.
Callum Wilson may have the starting centre-forward spot essentially tied down at St James’ Park, but he is nine years Hoppe’s senior. The American should be viewed as a long-term investment and also a potential upgrade on their existing back-ups Joelinton and Dwight Gayle, who managed just five league goals between them in 2020/21 – one fewer than Hoppe on his own.
Wilson is injury-prone, and Newcastle need to do what they can to guard against the very real risk of the 29-year-old being ruled out of action over the coming months. The best way to alleviate that risk is to go and get their American target.
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