Ruthless Newcastle banish first-team forward to give Everton free shot at securing summer transfer
Newcastle have banished an attacker to their Under-21s with both the club and player seeking an exit, and Everton now have a chance to complete a piece of business they began in January, per reports.
The vast bulk of holdovers from the Mike Ashley era are gradually being phased out. The new regime haven’t attacked the transfer market like many expected, though when they have splashed the cash, they’ve done it wisely.
Indeed, the likes of Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman and Bruno Guimaraes have all established themselves in Eddie Howe’s strongest eleven. All four are signings made since the Saudi-led takeover.
Alexander Isak aside, improvement in the final third has taken a back seat thus far. However, that may well change come the summer.
Leicester City’s James Maddison is wanted, though competition from Man Utd is quickly emerging.
Elsewhere, a new winger will have to be signed following a bombshell report from the Daily Mail.
The newspaper stated Newcastle have banished Ryan Fraser to their Under-21 set-up on the eve of the EFL Cup final on Sunday. The Scotland international is unlikely to return to the first-team fold.
Fraser has not featured for Newcastle since a cameo off the bench against Everton in October. He’s made the bench six times since, though has never got the nod from Howe.
The Mail state Newcastle don’t believe Fraser has a future at St. James’ Park and that’s a view now shared by the player too. The expectation, per the report, is Fraser will be sold in the summer.
Ryan Fraser could swap Newcastle for Everton
On the subject of who Fraser could join, Everton are an early contender.
The Toffees reportedly explored a move to sign the 28-year-old winger during the winter window.
Newcastle and Everton were in discussions at the time over Anthony Gordon’s move the other way and Fraser was a name banded around, per 90min.
A move obviously did not come to pass, though if Sean Dyche can guide Everton to safety, they may well reignite their interest.
Everton are known to have their backs against the wall financially and were the only Premier League side not to sign a new player in January.
Given Fraser’s career has hit rock bottom at Newcastle, it stands to reason a suitor such as Everton will be able to secure a transfer on the cheap.
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