Newcastle United are set to beat fellow Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham United to the signing of former AFC Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser, according to Alex Crook.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s White and Sawyer radio show, the journalist claimed that “terms between Fraser and the club have been agreed.”
Crook also revealed that Fraser held talks with both Palace and West Ham as well, but it seems as if he has turned both of thee clubs down to sign for Steve Bruce’s team.
Indeed, The Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards has also recently reported that Fraser is keen on a move to St. James’ Park, as it would take his family closer to his home in Scotland.
The Scottish international is a free agent having let his contract at AFC Bournemouth run down and so could provide a relatively low-risk option to the Magpies should they get his signature over the dotted line.
Proven at Premier League level, the £15.75 million-valued ace has scored 16 goals and provided a further 29 assists in 120 games in the top flight over the last four terms, including the 2018/19 season in where he racked up no fewer than 14 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Comparing his stats in the 2019/20 EPL campaign to those of attacking midfield players Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron, Fraser averaged more key passes, crosses and long balls per game than the Toon trio (via WhoScored).
Does Fraser start for Newcastle?
At 26 years of age as well, Fraser is still at a good age, and so signing up the winger on a free transfer seems like a no-brainer for NUFC.
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