Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a move for Mario Lemina in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Midfielders needed
Given that Joe Willock is not guaranteed to sign from Arsenal on a permanent deal, and Matty Longstaff has also been recently linked with a move away from St. James’ Park on loan, the North East club may need to bring in reinforcements in the centre of midfield.
Steve Bruce will certainly be looking to add to his squad in time for the new 2021/22 season, and midfield should be an area that he will be looking to strengthen in.
The Latest: Lemina eyed
As per the Daily Mail, the Tyneside club are reportedly interested in signing Lemina, who only has a year left on his current deal at Southampton.
The Gabon international spent last term on loan at Fulham, who find themselves relegated from the Premier League down to the EFL Championship.
The Verdict: Wait for other targets
While signing Lemina should not be completely ruled out by the Magpies, given his past experience of playing in the top flight, they should wait to see who else may become available first later on in the window.
The 27-year-old had a fine individual campaign for Fulham, wining 4.5 of his duels a game in the top flight, while also averaging 2.2 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per match (Sofascore).
Should Newcastle sign Lemina?
However, he was not able to help enough to keep Scott Parker’s side up, and the fact that the Saints wanted to loan him out to a Premier League rival in the first place shows that they clearly do not rate him very highly.
Also earning a heavy £64,000-per-week at St. Mary’s Stadium, the Toon should avoid signing him – for now.
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