Newcastle will prioritise quality over quantity in January and that could lead them to hijacking a deal for a French striker wanted by both Man Utd and Tottenham, our transfer insider can reveal.
The Magpies wasted little time turning the Premier League’s ‘big six’ into a ‘big seven’ following their Saudi-led takeover.
Newcastle currently sit third in the table and are a genuine threat to finish inside the top four. Doing so may come at the expense of the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham.
The January window promises to be an intriguing one with the battle for Champions League qualification so fierce.
Man Utd have brought forward their plans to sign a new centre-forward following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram has been linked as a short-term fix, though his numbers this season suggest he’s capable of far more than that.
The 25-year-old has 13 goals in 17 matches for the German side this season. His fine form resulted in a call up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup.
Thuram is out of contract at season’s end and per our transfer insider, Graeme Bailey, Monchengladbach are expected to cash in while they still can in January.
Tottenham have also been linked with Thuram who can reportedly be signed for less than £10m in six weeks’ time.
However, Bailey stated Newcastle are becoming a genuine contender to hijack any such moves.
Newcastle poised, with Monchengladbach to repeat transfer play
He told us Newcastle’s fast start to the season will embolden them to spend again mid-season. Furthermore, another forward option – especially one capable of deputising on the left – is in their sights.
Each of Thuram’s Bundesliga appearances this season have come up front. However, he did feature heavily on the left wing during the previous campaign and would therefore kill two birds with one stone if brought to St. James’ Park.
“Newcastle have got plans for January, there is no getting away from it and finances are in place,” Bailey told TEAMtalk.
“We have seen the announcement that the owners have invested more and also new sponsorship deals such as the most recent with Saudi Arabia’s main airline – they mean business.
“I understand that Newcastle’s brilliant start to the season will mean even more money being made available, but it is now very much a case of quality over quantity.
“Another forward to play on the left is very much an option. They loved Jack Harrison in the summer, but his price was way above their valuation. They could increase their offer, but only if he rounds into form.
“Moussa Diaby, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Christian Pulisic we know are other players Newcastle have looked closely at, but the emergence of interest of Marcus Thuram is not a shock.
“I am told that Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to sell the French star in January, they don’t want to lose him for nothing in the summer which looks increasingly likely.
“We need to remember that Gladbach had a similar situation with Denis Zakaria just 12 months ago, and they sold him before he could leave on a free and I expect the same could happen with Thuram. I would not rule Newcastle out.”