The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will land a new striker this summer in order to solve a nagging club problem, and recent reports from Germany suggest they are in the market for one of the Bundesliga’s top-goalscorers.
According to the German media outlet Bild, Newcastle are interested in signing Niclas Fullkrug this summer from Hannover, although they will face competition from Leicester City and Watford for his signature. Newcastle’s interest in Fullkrug is hardly surprising considering their distinct lack of firepower and Fullkrug’s record in the Bundesliga this season.
The 25-year-old has notched an impressive 13 goals from 33 appearances this season and he has emerged as an unlikely contender to sneak into Joachim Lowe’s Germany World Cup squad in the process. His performances have played an instrumental role in allowing Hannover to steer clear of a predicted relegation battle this season and, although he is far from the finished article, he appears to possess the potential to become a success in the Premier League.
However, if Fullkrug was faced with a choice between Leicester and Newcastle this summer, he is likely to opt for a move to the Foxes based on their superior league position and recent title success. If that proves to be the case then Leicester will be stacked with options at centre-forward with Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Islam Slimani and Kelechi Iheacnho already on their ranks, so the latter (valued at £13.5 million by transfermarkt) could become available for a switch to Tyneside.
The 21-year-old arrived at the King Power with plenty of promise following an eye-catching opening to his career with Manchester City, but he has since struggled to break into the first-team due to a combination of competition for places and injury problems. The arrival of Fullkrug at Leicester is only bound to intensify the competition which is already so rife at the club, so he should be open to the possibility of a transfer – whether it be permanent or on loan.
Newcastle are crying out for a new striker to arrive at the club this summer in order to bolster their sub-standard attacking options. Fullkrug would be a perfect resolution to their attacking problems, but if Leicester beat the Magpies to his signature they must do everything they can to prise the prolific Nigerian international away from the Foxes.
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