In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories involving Newcastle over the past week and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Newcastle move for Giroud alternative
Newcastle have been linked with Olivier Giroud recently, but the Telegraph have since reported he’d rather a move to Serie A. If the Northern Echo’s reports are to be believed, that’s triggered the Magpies to look towards AC Milan frontman Krzysztof Piatek.
The 24-year-old has struggled to establish himself at the San Siro this season and prior to this weekend’s fixtures he’d scored just one goal from open play so far this term. The report suggests Milan would be open to sending him out on loan or letting him go permanently, and it says Newcastle would prefer a loan with an option to buy in the summer.
He may have only scored four goals from 14 appearances (via WhoScored) for Milan before this weekend in the league, but 13 from 19 appearances on for Genoa last term suggests the Poland international might be worth the risk. Securing him on a loan deal would ensure Mike Ashley wouldn’t need to shell out a transfer fee and Steve Bruce could get the firepower he desperately needs.
However, the fact he’s never played in the Premier League before should worry Newcastle fans because they need someone to come in and hit the ground running. If Piatek takes too long to bed in then the club could be in the middle of a relegation battle before they know it, and, with their top scorer before this weekend’s games being Jonjo Shelvey on five goals, they’d be in trouble.
Steve Bruce wants Ryan Babel
Another forward has been linked with Newcastle over the past week and that’s ex-Liverpool and Fulham man Ryan Babel who’s currently playing for Galatasaray. Eurosport (via Mail Online) have reported that the Turkish club are open to offers for the 33-year-old, but the Magpies will face competition from Ajax.
Babel has had a mixed season for his club, scoring five goals from 15 appearances prior to this weekend’s fixtures, and Eurosport have said that Newcastle have already made contact with Galatasaray over the possibility of a move. He scored five goals in 16 games for Fulham last season, but his efforts weren’t enough to save them from relegation.
Unlike AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, Babel does know the Premier League well and will be fully aware of what’s expected of him if he makes the switch. However, knowing what’s required and being able to pull it off is another thing altogether, and with just 17 goals from 107 appearances in England’s top flight, it would be a risk for Newcastle to hang their hats on him.
Lookman wants Newcastle move
Ademola Lookman is keen on a move to St James’ Park this January according to reports on Chronicle Live. They say the 22-year-old is waiting for an official bid in order to complete his move from RB Leipzig after growing unhappy at the Bundesliga club. The question appears to be, will Newcastle stump up the cash?
The England U21 international had made just four appearances for his club this season before this weekend; however, Leipzig are believed to be looking to recoup as much as possible of the £16.2m they paid Everton for him in the summer. That is despite Manager Julian Nagelsmann not playing him since October.
With Chronicle Live having reported Newcastle know what it takes to sign him, it’s another situation where money will be a major factor. The attacking midfielder played 21 times for Everton last season but made only three starts, so he’s hardly a proven-Premier League goal creator.
Nevertheless, Andy Carroll and Christian Atsu were the players with the most assists at the club, on just three, before this weekend, and they’d only made nine starts between them this season. A move for Lookman would at least show some evidence from Mike Ashley that he is trying to provide Steve Bruce with more options.
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