Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be expecting their side to make a number of additions this summer as they prepare to build on this season’s campaign.
The Magpies finished in the top-half of the Premier League this year when many had expected the side to be considered strong favourites to be sent back down to the Championship.
Rafa Benitez has pulled off a remarkable job and now will be expecting the board to back him in this summer’s transfer window, where he has already started to identify a number of targets.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the Toon Army are preparing to pursue Donis Avdijaj from Schalke 04. It is being claimed the Bundesliga outfit are prepared to let him go for £2.5million as they are thought to be ready to cash-in before his contract expires next season.
The Newcastle fans in the Tavern will be excited by the prospect of signing a highly-talented forward on a relatively inexpensive deal, with the 21-year-old having been tipped for stardom from an early age. A gifted attacking midfielder, he’d bring some creativity to St. James’ Park, a trait they lack outside of the excellent Jonjo Shelvey.
However, some of the locals will be concerned that he has failed to reach his potential in recent years, with loan moves away and will question what the Kosovo international can bring to St. James’ Park, should he arrive.
The amount of interest being shown in him from Everton and Huddersfield Town as well could suggest that he still has the ability to become a top player in the game and a fee of £2.5million could be a small price to pay for a gamble that could pay dividends.
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