Newcastle United ‘want’ to finally complete £16m transfer as fresh James Maddison claim emerges
All the latest Newcastle United news ahead of their Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle United have rediscovered that winning feeling after narrowly seeing off Wolves last weekend.
The Magpies had been on a difficult run in the lead up to that Wolves clash, but they remain in a good position in regards to their Champions League hunt, just four points behind fourth-place Tottenham and with two games in hand. Next up for Eddie Howe’s men is a trip to the East Midlands to take on a Nottingham Forest side desperate to pull themselves out of the relegation picture.
In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding St James’ Park.
Magpies eye full-back
Newcastle are said to be interested in snapping up two Bayer Leverkusen stars this summer.
According to 90min, the Magpies like the look of Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker, while the more high-profile Moussa Diaby is also of interest. Newcastle were said to be pushing for a £16million deal to sign Bakker last summer, but a deal never quite materialised.
It’s claimed Newcastle see Bakker as a long-term replacement for Dan Burn, with the Dutchman still only 22 years of age. There are also claims that the young full-back has fallen out with manager Xabi Alonso, potentially opening the door to a transfer.
Fresh Maddison links
Newcastle continue to be linked with a move for Leicester City star James Maddison ahead of the summer.
According to The Athletic, Howe believes Maddison could add a new dimension to Newcastle’s attack, and that could see the English midfielder become a key target this summer. Newcastle have already been chasing Maddison for around a year, and they may get a better opportunity this summer.
That’s because Maddison will have just one year remaining on his deal from this summer, putting Leicester in a potentially tricky position as far as keeping their star man is concerned.