Eddie Howe has learned which new arrival could take Newcastle United to the next level after an expert gave his verdict on their transfer hopes.
Due to their huge spending power, Newcastle have been linked with plenty of top players ahead of potential January bids. Reports in Italy claim they are planning a bold move for Romelu Lukaku, who is looking for a permanent route out of Chelsea amid his Inter Milan loan.
Newcastle are also on the trail of France and Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram. Allan Saint-Maximin tries to convince Thuram to sign for the Magpies, and Howe has responded to the sneaky ploy.
The Magpies have been named as potential suitors for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. He is the next big thing to come out of Ukraine and is keen to secure a big transfer this winter.
And during an interview with Football Insider, former striker Tam McManus has given his verdict on Newcastle’s pursuit of Mudryk. The pundit reckons he would take Newcastle to ‘another level’ and his signature is the type of transfer Howe needs if they are to get into the Champions League.
“He’s a player. I saw him play against Celtic and he absolutely ran that game,” declared McManus. “He’s young but I think he can do it in the Premier League.
“If he went to Newcastle instead of Arsenal, which I think is unlikely, it would take them to another level.
“That’s a signing you make if you’re going to be in the Champions League. That’s the caliber of player Newcastle should be going for.
Newcastle are unlikely to capture Mykhaylo Mudryk
Mudryk would clearly be a top grab for Newcastle. Although he does not have experience in a top-five league, his performances in the Champions League have shown that he has the ability to become a top star.
Unfortunately for Howe and Newcastle, they look set to miss out on Mudryk. That’s because Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar for him.
The Gunners are trying to get Shakhar down from their huge asking price. They rate the 21-year-old as highly as Jack Grealish and believe they should get £100m for him. Of course, Arsenal officials disagree and would rather pay much less than this.
If Mudryk had to choose between Arsenal and Newcastle, he would clearly go for Mikel Arteta’s side. He has spoken a few times about how he admires the Gunners.
When asked about following their matches, Mudryk said in November: “Yes, I check them on MyScore and know when they play.
“I see them too. They are a very dynamic side, generally not only in controlling possession but also in scoring goals.”
Newcastle will probably soon have to admit defeat in the Mudryk hunt. But this would allow them to pull their full effort against Thuram.
Gladbach reportedly want €12m (£10.5m) for the World Cup player, but Newcastle are only willing to pay slightly less than £10m.
In the meantime Boxing Day’s Transfer Gossip includes Newcastle competing with Juventus for a Spanish star.
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