In this instalment of our Transfer Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Newcastle United recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Newcastle United have been named in a range of recent transfer reports, with Steve Bruce’s Magpies allegedly showing interest in RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, while Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Freddie Woodman.
RB Leipzig’s Yusuf Poulsen
According to the Express, Newcastle and Everton have both shown an interest in RB Leipzig’s striker Poulsen recently, with the Magpies holding a long-standing admiration of the Denmark international’s abilities.
Should the Blues make a move for Poulsen, the Express indicate Newcastle will show competition to the Merseyside outfit’s advances, with Poulsen currently boasting a goal involvement of seven in six games (1 scored, 6 assisted) after hitting 19 goals, 8 assists in the 2018/19 campaign across all competitions (TransferMarkt).
Poulsen certainly stepped out of teammate Timo Werner’s shadow last season to forge a key role for himself at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig, and has maintained his direct involvement in the action under Julian Nagelsmann this term.
Newcastle would certainly benefit from having someone other than Joelinton to rely on in attack, with the Brazilian currently the Magpies’ joint-leading scorer on one, but also leading the Toon in shots (13) and ranks second for key passes (8), per WhoScored.
Bruce is expecting to have Dwight Gayle back from injury soon (Football Insider), though, and seeing how well the London-born forward settle’s into the United boss’ plans alongside Andy Carroll could determine if the North East outfit move for another striker in the winter.
Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle boss Bruce met with his scouting staff on Saturday to discuss where they will look to spend a competitive budget on offer come January, as he looks to add ‘extra quality’ should the right player be available.
One name allegedly discussed was Olympique de Marseille’s Kamara, as Newcastle have scouted the 19-year-old centre-back in recent times, and continue to hold a file on his abilities despite his Ligue 1 side tying him down to a new contract running to 2022 in August.
Everton are also said to be interested in the Marseille-born defender, who is valued at £16million and has represented France once at U21 level (TransferMarkt).
Kamara would be an interesting player to target, as at 19, he has plenty of years ahead of him to grow into a far more lucrative option at the back, but already has 57 senior appearances to his name, having made his Marseille first-team debut in December 2016.
The Olympiens’ product also has appearances in the Europa League to his name, and featured in 31 Ligue 1 fixtures last season, recording an average 2.5 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 3.4 clearances, 1.1 blocks and 44.6 accurate passes per ninety minutes in the French top-flight, per WhoScored data.
Depending on how competitive Newcastle’s budget is, and what areas need addressing come January, spending £16m on a prospect like Kamara may be worth serious consideration.
Freddie Woodman linked away
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are set to discuss the future of their goalkeeper contingent, with Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot both out of contract next summer, while Arsenal and Celtic have been credited with continued interest in Woodman.
Darlow is expected to follow Martin Dubravka in penning a new deal at St. James’ Park, with the inclination that Elliot will be allowed to move on at the end of his current terms after what would be nine-years in the North East, following his departure from academy side Charlton Athletic in 2011.
Arsenal and Celtic have been linked with Woodman throughout the recent summer (Chronicle) while doubt remained over his future at St. James’ Park, and are still considering his availability despite penning a contract extension running to 2021.
Newcastle allowing Elliot to leave St. James’ Park next summer as a free agent while offering Darlow a contract extension would leave the Magpies with two goalkeepers in the first-team fold, before considering where Woodman slots in.
Elliot is unlikely to be awarded a one-year deal should Woodman leave, though, as Bruce is said to be keeping an eye on whether he needs to sign someone to offer serious competition to Dubravka.
Although Woodman could be that man, as not only does the 22-year-old have youth on his side, but the London-born shot-stopper has thrived in the second-tier so far this term with four clean sheets in eight games (TransferMarkt).
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