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Newcastle: Magpies interested in Valentin Castellanos

Newcastle: Magpies interested in Valentin Castellanos -Newcastle United News

Amongst a whole host of Premier League clubs, Newcastle United are interested in signing New York City striker Valentin Castellanos, according to 90min.

The Lowdown: Hot property

The 23-year-old became one of the hottest properties in North America after he won the Golden Boot in Major League Soccer last year, having scored 19 goals in 32 regular season appearances.

The Argentine then went on to net three times in his team’s play-off outings, firing the New York outfit to MLS Cup glory.

The Latest: Man City pass up chance

According to a report by 90min, New York City’s parent club Manchester City have passed up the chance to bring Castellanos to the Etihad Stadium.

Instead, it is claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side have recommended the forward to a number of Premier League clubs, and Leeds are thought to be the most interested.

However, if the Whites are to secure the 23-year-old’s signature, they will need to fend off interest from Newcastle, West Ham and Everton, all of whom he has been linked with in the recent past.

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The Verdict: Great signing

When compared with positional peers across the MLS over the past year, Castellanos’ attacking threat really shines through, as he ranks in the 98th percentile for shots, non-penalty expected goals and total touches in the attacking penalty area (via FBRef).

With Newcastle keen on bringing in a striker to St James’ Park, the Argentine could be the perfect option, given his goalscoring record and low market value of £10.8m.

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New York City boss Ronny Deila has described the attacker’s progress as “unbelievable”, and at just 23 years of age, there could still be much more to come from the clinical marksman, making this a very exciting prospect for Magpies fans.

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