The Lowdown: Winger wanted
As per 90min, the Magpies are prepared to break their transfer record in order to bring Moussa Diaby to St James’ Park and have been scouting many winger options.
The outlet also reported of Newcastle’s interest in PSV Eindhoven attacker Madueke, and it is unclear which player they will try to go for at this stage.
The Latest: O’Rourke claim
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke has claimed that the ‘exciting’ Madueke would likely be ‘cheaper’ than Diaby, and maybe ‘more attainable right now’ for Eddie Howe’s side.
The reporter said of the PSV winger: “I think he’d probably be cheaper than Moussa Diaby and maybe more attainable right now. He’s an exciting player, Noni Manueke, whose had a number of top Premier League clubs look at him in the past.
“Obviously, he came through at Tottenham before making the move to PSV, and he’s done quite well out in Holland as well. So, he’s an exciting player who can score goals and provide goals, and I think he’d be a good alternative if Leverkusen aren’t willing to sell Diaby.”
The Verdict: Great alternative
Comparing his statistics in the Eredivisie to Diaby in the Bundesliga, the England under-21 international actually averaged more shots and dribbles per game and had a higher pass success rate than the Frenchman, suggesting that he could be an ideal alternative.
Should Newcastle sign Madueke?
Madueke is three years younger, too, so potentially signing him for a cheaper price than Diaby would represent a great piece of business from the Tynesiders.
Howe will surely want to get another signing or two into St James’ Park before the new season starts, with both players seemingly on his radar.
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