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Benjamin Sesko: Newcastle set to up interest in versatile star despite Man Utd, Chelsea rejection

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Newcastle United are reportedly set to make further enquiries about teenager Benjamin Sesko despite reports that he wants to remain at Red Bull Salzburg.

The 19-year-old enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2021-2022, bagging 10 goals and registering seven assists from 37 games in all competitions. And many of Europe’s top clubs have been showing an interest for some time. Manchester United and Chelsea have featured prominently in the conversation while Liverpool and Tottenham were linked during the winter months.

The Slovenia international is valued at around £50m although it is open to debate whether any of the clubs mentioned would pay that figure.

But it seems as though the talented youngster is happy to remain with his Austrian employers for at least another season.

Sky in Austria reported on Saturday that the former FC Liefering loan star wants to stay at Stadion Wals-Siezenheim. He will then look to make a big-money move in summer 2023, with Premier League clubs set to pounce.

However, the Magpies are ready to up their interest having been linked with the player back in July. Eddie Howe has recruited wisely to date but still needs additions to his attacking ranks.

Hugo Ekitike was the Tynesiders main target but the France Under-20 ace opted for a loan spell with Paris Saint-Germain.

And with Leicester City unwilling to sell James Maddison, the St James’ Park hierarchy have turned back to Sesko.

The financial side of the deal should not prove problematic but luring him to the north east is another issue. If United and Chelsea failed than Newcastle would seem to have little chance of getting a deal over the line.

Newcastle in need of Sesko talent

Eddie Howe has only been at the helm since November 8 last year but has already made a significant difference to the club. Pulled from the depths of despair under Steve Bruce, the ex-Bournemouth chief managed to guide them to 11th last term.

His winter recruitment focused on players who could stabilise the club and help stave off the threat of relegation. With that accomplished, the next stage is to attract big-name stars to the club.

The arrival of Sven Botman was a real coup, with other top clubs also in the running for the defender. But Howe needs more of an attacking threat to help the likes of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin.

Sesko is a versatile player who can play as a central striker or out wide. He would give Howe options in the final third and get the fans out of their seats.

However, with his career path seemingly mapped out, it may be that Newcastle have to look elsewhere for that star striker they crave.

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