Newcastle jump ahead of Man Utd, Arsenal in striker race as bid prepared for potential Alexander Isak ally

Jonathan David and Leonardo Balerdi

Newcastle are reportedly ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to land Lille’s Jonathan David after drawing up a bid for him.

David was in great form for Lille last season, registering 19 goals in 48 appearances. And he is once again causing all sorts of problems for opposition defenders this campaign.

The Canadian has found the back of the net nine times in 15 matches so far, while also registering three assists for his team-mates.

He hasn’t bagged in four Ligue 1 outings, but that mini goal drought surely won’t last long.

The 22-year-old is preparing to represent Canada at the World Cup, which starts on Sunday. Canada have a tough group as they will come up against Belgium, Morocco and Croatia.

But he should be able to bag at least one goal for his country, with that most likely to come against Morocco on December 1.

Several Premier League teams will be keeping tabs on David’s performances. Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle are all big admirers of the centre-forward.

And now Media Foot in France provide a big update on where David may end up. They claim Newcastle have emerged as frontrunners for him as they are planning to submit a bid as soon as the January transfer window opens. This proposal will leave Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs lagging in the transfer pursuit.

Lille at serious risk of losing star player to Newcastle

The report doesn’t reveal how much David may cost Newcastle. But it does state that Lille will ‘have all the trouble in the world’ trying to keep their talisman.

That’s because he is eager to secure a big move away from the Stade Pierre Mauroy after proving he is too good for them.

Back in October, the New York-born player said: “Yeah, you know for me, I was always watching European football on TV and that was always the goal to go to Europe.

“The next step is growing, having more ambition and a bigger club. Every player wants to play for a massive club in their life, so I think if I had the chance to do it, I’ll go for it for sure.”

He added: “I think they’re two different leagues [the Premier League and La Liga], but I can adapt to both, for sure. With the experience that I’ve had in France, it will help me a lot if I need to adapt to someplace else a lot faster so, yeah, I think that both leagues would suit me.”

It is clear that David is brimming with confidence after a few highly successful campaigns at Lille. He would certainly be a top signing for Newcastle.

Magpies to continue big striker spending

Eddie Howe already has Alexander Isak, Callum Wilson and Chris Wood available up front. The Magpies spent a club-record £60m to sign Isak from Real Sociedad in August.

Isak and Wilson are generally Howe’s preferred strikers when they are both fit, while Wood is the backup option. However, Wilson and Wood are both 30 years old so Newcastle could probably do with bringing in a younger striker to partner Isak.

David looks like a great solution. He already has Champions League experience, while he also won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in 2020-21.

Players with this level of experience, as well as a winning attitude, will be perfect as the Magpies aim to break into the top four for the long run.

Meanwhile, a Newcastle player has revealed he was close to joining Liverpool before a £12.5m flop stole his place at the last minute.