The Lowdown: Attacking reinforcements
Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has arrived on Tyneside for his medical after a club-record £58m bid from the St. James’ Park outfit was accepted by the Basque club.
He is not expected to be the only attacking arrival to the North East before the transfer window closes however, with wingers like Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Leeds United’s Jack Harrison linked with a move to Eddie Howe’s side over the past week.
The Latest: Terrier bid
Speaking to The Transfer Tavern, O’Rourke has shared that Terrier, who typically plays as a ‘second striker’ but can function as a number nine or on the wing, is another player the Magpies have made a bid for over the last few weeks:
“I think Terrier is one of a number of players the Newcastle have made bids for in the last few weeks and as I said Eddie Howe is desperate to bring in those striking reinforcements as soon as possible, especially now with this injury concern over Callum Wilson.”
The Verdict: Double deal?
Adding both Isak and the versatile Terrier before the deadline will certainly strengthen Howe’s attacking options, especially given Wilson’s injury.
The Daily Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards has revealed that Wilson is expected to be out for between three and four weeks with a hamstring injury, and he has proven time and time again they cannot depend on his long-term fitness.
Terrier meanwhile has recently signed a new deal with Rennes, so it would likely take a huge offer to pry him away before the deadline, but he could well be worth the extra money, solving the depth issues up front once and for all by adding two deadly new signings.
Should Newcastle sign Terrier?
Hailed as ‘phenomenal’ last season and likened to Premier League and France legend Thierry Henry by European football journalist Tim Williams, the winger managed a very impressive 21 goals and seven assists in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
This campaign, he has already opened his account with a wonderful strike at home to AC Ajaccio in Ligue 1 last weekend, while he has also had the most touches in the opposition’s box of any player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Nonetheless, the Frenchman would be a major signing if the Toon can pull it off.
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