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Newcastle: Mahmoud Dahoud a target for Magpies

Newcastle: Mahmoud Dahoud a target for Magpies -Newcastle United Transfer Rumours

‘Newcastle United are very interested’ in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, according to SPORT1’s Patrick Berger

The lowdown

Newcastle have used up only £12m from a January transfer budget which may be as high as £100m, having brought in Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Dahoud, who is into the final 18 months of his contract at Dortmund, is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt. He has started 11 of their 18 Bundesliga matches this season, although it’s worth noting he was sidelined for five of those with a twisted knee.

The latest

After Dahoud netted the winning goal for Dortmund against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Berger took to Twitter to update fans on his future, saying that the midfielder is ‘wanted by some Premier League clubs, especially Newcastle’.

The 26-year-old is very much ‘on the NUFC wishlist’ but he’s not thought to be ‘interested in a winter move’ and, for the moment, ‘he’s happy’ at Marco Rose’s side.

The verdict

You can see why Newcastle and PIF would be interested in Dahoud. Comparison data from FBRef shows that he is an exceptionally well-rounded midfielder. He ranks in the 70th percentile or better for goals, expected assists, progressive passing, dribbling and tackles.

It’s therefore no surprise to see that Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein labelled him Dortmund’s ‘most influential midfielder’ last year and called him ‘absolutely brilliant’.

However, from the player’s perspective, you can understand the reluctance to move. His team have closed to within six points of league leaders Bayern Munich and will still harbour dreams of winning the title – a scenario which seems a distant dream for relegation-threatened Newcastle.

In other news, Newcastle are also in talks over this potential deal

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