August 10, The Athletic UK Newcastle reporter Chris Waugh updated the fans Q amp
A long-form column that answers questions about Madison, Paqueta and a host of potential targets.
(The following is an excerpt from the question and answer)
Is it difficult for Newcastle to sign a striker?
Are Sheshko, Isaac and others the target?
It is specious, such as Chelsea’s Armando Broja, whose situation was inquired by Newcastle a few months ago.
Broja’s team have said they want Newcastle to guarantee game time, but Eddie Howe will not commit to any players, let alone those who come to compete with Wilson.
Most of the forwards considered by Newcastle have been younger, more versatile players who can play up front since they opted to drop costly No. 9 forwards Lewin and Iwan Toney.
The first was Ekitik, but he chose to join Paris.
Steve Nixon, Newcastle’s head of recruitment, has considered a range of young forwards playing in Europe.
But none of them were brought in because they were deemed unsuitable or unavailable for funding reasons.
Isaac is admired by Newcastle – he is a long-term target for Nixon – and would be ideal for the Premier League, but Real Sociedad’s asking price is simply too high.
Sheshko joined Leipzig, and Newcastle is indeed interested in him.
Graz striker Rasmus Hejron, 19, is another player on the radar, although it remains unclear whether Newcastle will actually pursue the Denmark U19 international.
Louis Muriel is a more experienced option, although Atalanta want to sell him, while Newcastle prefer to loan him, and Marseille’s Bamba Dieng is also in their consideration.
Is Lucas Paqueta the right fit for Newcastle?
Agents continue to discuss Paqueta’s situation and Newcastle remain a potential destination, so the target’s situation may continue until the end of the summer window.
The possibility of a Paqueta-Guimaraes reunion at Newcastle is not entirely off the table, although club sources have previously played down such a possibility.
Maybe that could change with Maddison proving to be an unattainable target – and there are growing signs that seem to be the case – but if Paqueta does arrive, it will represent a relevant stance for Newcastle from the summer onwards
Are Callum-Odoi and Pulisic viable options?
Leeds United boss says Harrison is not for sale?
All of these rumors were at least mentioned in the signing meeting, but some were higher priority.
Newcastle have asked Chelsea and the Big 6 clubs to keep them informed of any attacking players who may be considering going out on loan later in the transfer window, with Callum-Odoi and Conor Gallagher among the best.
Meanwhile, Pulisic is a wide-ranging option that Newcastle would also consider, even if the United States international may be unlikely to want to.
What is the reason why Newcastle is unwilling to spend big money now?
Is it a reluctance to spend big now so we can go all out and spend more in the future?
That’s a good question, one that only Newcastle themselves can adequately answer.
However, clubs have made a conscious decision to moderate their own short-term spending, partly because their original business plan did not include spending money indefinitely, and partly because they want to retain the ability to maneuver within the Premier League’s financial rules of profit and sustainability.
space to continue buying players over the next few transfer windows.