Agents hits back over claims surrounding rumoured Newcastle United striker deal

The agent of RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen has hit back at claims linking his client with a move to Newcastle United.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 5:00 pm
(Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

German newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday that the Denmark international had handed in a transfer request in order to force a move to England.

St James’s Park was mentioned a possible destination for the 25-year-old, who has struggled for game time this season, while West Ham and Everton were credited with interest.

The report stated Leipzig, current third in the Bundesliga, valued Poulsen at around £26million.

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However, the player’s agent Poul-Erik Petersen insists the striker is happy in Germany and “categorically” denied reports linking him to the Magpies.

"There is no truth in this at all. Yussuf hasn't asked to leave, and there are no negotiations with other clubs,” he told TV2.

"We haven't had any contact with (Newcastle) at all. I can categorically deny this.

"I'd like to make it clear that Yussuf loves being in Leipzig, and that's basically where he sees himself at the moment.

"But if the situation continues to be as it is at the moment, it's logical that he doesn't want to be a reserve.”

It is not the first time Newcastle and Leipzig have been mentioned in the same bracket recently.

Valentino Lazaro revealed he turned down a move to The Red Bulls in January in favour of a move to Tyneside.

“It was close (joining RB Leipzig)…but, in the end I just felt more welcomed here.

“Steve Bruce really convinced me that I could have a really good time here in Newcastle.”