Luke Edwards has revealed in his latest piece for The Telegraph that Ryan Fraser is keen on a move to St James’ Park.
According to the journalist, the former Bournemouth winger has told Steve Bruce that he is keen on moving to the northeast as it would take his family closer to his home in Scotland.
Edwards also claimed that the deal had already been verbally agreed several days ago but for one reason or another the transfer has been delayed.
The Tyneside club have been made big favourites to sign Fraser and it looks like the deal is inevitable at this stage in proceedings.
The winger is now a free agent after his contract at the Cherries ran out this summer, meaning that the Magpies will not have to pay a penny in transfer fees if they wish to sign him up.
Fraser would be a relatively low-risk signing in that case, and his previous statistics show that this may well be a good bit of business by the Toon if they can pull it off.
Proven at Premier League level, the £15.75m-valued ace has scored 16 goals and supplied a further 29 assists in 120 matches in the top flight over the last four seasons, including the 2018/19 campaign in which he racked up no fewer than 14 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Comparing his stats in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign to those of Newcastle attacking midfielders Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron, Fraser averaged more key passes, crosses and long balls per league match than the Magpies trio (per WhoScored).
Does Fraser start for Newcastle?
At 26 years of age as well, signing up the Scottish international on a free transfer seems like a no-brainer for Bruce.
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