Newcastle United could be set to make a big move in the transfer market as they look to sign Burnley youngster Dwight McNeil.
According to the Sun on Sunday, the teenager is wanted by new Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who is looking to spend some money and shape his squad following his arrival at the club from Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the week.
McNeil burst onto the Premier League scene last year under Sean Dyche as he notched an impressive three goals and five assists in just 19 starts for the Clarets, and that form has already caught the eye of a number of onlooking clubs, with Newcastle seemingly at the front of the queue.
However, it would take a huge bid from the Magpies to convince Burnley to sell their prized asset, with the report claiming that a fee of around £30m is expected to be demanded from the Lancashire outfit.
McNeil’s stats are impressive too, with the youngster averaging over one per game in key attacking categories (per WhoScored) such as dribbles, shots and key passes per game. To put that into context, he averaged the same amount of key passes as the recently departed Ayoze Perez and more dribbles than anyone in the United squad.
Per the report, Newcastle are looking to back new manager Bruce after pinching him from Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the week on what was a controversial move by Bruce given his short time in Sheffield.
Moving for McNeil would be ambitious considering the fact he’s been linked with the likes of Juventus, as well as his status as an exciting young Premier League player. With Rafa Benitez gone and unrest amongst the fan base, perhaps this kind of forward-thinking swoop could help settle at least some of the tension on Tyneside.
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