Newcastle United 'in talks' with midfielder as £15m Premier League star & Chelsea goal hero shortlisted

Newcastle United transfers: Two new midfielders have been linked with The Magpies in the past 24 hours.
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Newcastle United have reportedly shortlisted AFC Bournemouth midfielder Phillip Billing as a potential midfield addition.

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe signed Billing for Bournemouth from Huddersfield Town in 2019 for a fee of £15million. The 27-year-old has played 179 games for The Cherries, scoring 31 goals, including one in the 1-1 draw at St James' Park last season.

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Mail Sport have reported that Billing would be seen as a potential replacement for Joelinton, whose contract situation has caused uncertainty. The Brazilian still has 18 months left on his deal at Newcastle but - with talks under way to extend his contract - the club are not willing to meet his current wage demands.

Joelinton won't play again this season due to surgery on a thigh injury picked up against Sunderland earlier this month.

Howe is keen to keep Joelinton part of his long-term plans at Newcastle having previously stated a 'like-for-like replacement' couldn't be found for the transformed midfielder.

Newcastle United footballer Joelinton. Picture by Stu Forster/Getty Images.Newcastle United footballer Joelinton. Picture by Stu Forster/Getty Images.
Newcastle United footballer Joelinton. Picture by Stu Forster/Getty Images.

"It's a real blow for us, and he's had a very stop-start season unfortunately this year whereas he was so consistent last year," Howe said about Joelinton's injury.

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"We have no one like Joelinton so we're never going to get a like-for-like replacement. He is our midfield driving force physically and we've got no one like him so it's a big blow." 

In addition to Billing, the report adds Newcastle have also scouted 21-year-old Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney. The England Under-21 international has impressed under Michael Carrick this season with Newcastle scouts watching on as he scored in the 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg win over Chelsea earlier this month.