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Newcastle transfer hunt sees West Ham rivalled for €20m international striker

Denmark striker Jonas Wind celebrating with two teammates 2021

A rather more realistic January target has moved into Newcastle’s crosshairs, though West Ham must be overcome if they are to sign the striker in question, per a report.

Since Newcastle’s Saudi-led takeover went through one week ago, attention quickly turned to what personell changes will be made. Manager Steve Bruce appears on course to remain in charge against Tottenham this weekend at present. Though few would be surprised to see the veteran boss relieved of his duties in the near-future.

A new sporting director is also expected to be installed, though perhaps the biggest headlines will be saved for player recruitment.

Names from within the Premier League and across Europe have drawn early links. But per Sport Witness, a rather more sensible option has emerged on the club’s shopping list.

Citing French outlet Jeunes Footeux, it’s claimed ‘Newcastle are targeting’ 22-year-old Denmark striker, Jonas Wind.

The Copenhagen hitman has bagged eight goals and five assists across all competitions this season. Standing at over 6ft 2in tall, his height and physical style are deemed a natural fit for leading the line in the Premier League.

Newcastle are deemed to be ‘closely interested’ in Wind, though face competition from West Ham.

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David Moyes’ men are heavily reliant on Michail Antonio to spearhead their attack. If the veteran succumbs to another hamstring injury, the Hammers would be left perilously short of genuine options at centre-forward.

Copenhagen are reportedly seeking at least €20m for Wind’s signature.

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Fekir responds to ‘real’ Newcastle links

Meanwhile, reported Newcastle target and Real Betis star Nabil Fekir has left the door open on a future move, but says he is not thinking about “the offers”.

The 28-year-old playmaker, who almost signed for Liverpool, was linked with Newcastle back in 2020. That was when a takeover of the club was first mooted. But with no deal transpiring, the talk of Fekir soon fell away.

Now Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo believe the Betis hierarchy are fearful Newcastle will make another approach for their star man.

Foot Mercato editor-in-chief has also Sebastien Denis insisted the interest is from Tyneside is “real”.

Fekir though was quizzed by Betis’ media team about the Newcastle talk, ahead of the Todo al Verde programme: “I don’t think about the offers. I am very happy here. I am learning every day and I hope it can continue like this.

Fekir said: “You never know in football, but the truth is that now I don’t think about offers. I’m at Betis and I’m very happy here.”

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