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Newcastle stand ‘good chance’ of beating Chelsea to thrilling forward after settling on how much they’ll pay

Belgium winger Leandro Trossard

Newcastle have settled on how much they’ll bid for a thrilling winger also wanted by Chelsea, and one source claims they stand a good chance of succeeding.

The Magpies have embarked on a steady rise since their Saudi-led takeover. Eddie Howe was quickly drafted in to replace Steve Bruce. The 44-year-old is quietly working wonders at St. James’ Park, with Newcastle already pushing for European qualification.

They currently sit sixth in the table prior to Sunday’s fixtures. Howe is getting the best out of both those who were already at the club and the new signings the influx of cash has allowed him to sign.

On that front, club director, Dan Ashworth, recently tempered expectations regarding future transfer business.

While Newcastle may be the world’s richest club, they must still conform to Financial Fair Play rules like all others.

Blockbuster deals for figures of £80m, £90m or even £100m+ may have to wait until Newcastle establish themselves further up the table. However, that won’t stop them from continuing to make shrewd buys in the £25m-£50m range.

One player in their sights who’d fit that bill is Brighton’s Leandro Trossard.

Chelsea, Newcastle eyeing Brighton flier

The Belgium winger, 27, is out of contract next summer, though the Seagulls do hold an option for an extra 12 months.

Brighton retain hope of tying him down to an extension that would keep him on the south coast beyond 2024, but the vultures are beginning to circle.

Chelsea are also interested in the versatile winger who has scored six and assisted two in 11 Premier League games this season.

Trossard is well known to current Blues boss Graham Potter through their time at the AMEX.

Trossard’s versatility was expertly utilised by Potter at Brighton, with the attacker deployed in all manner of positions including wing-back, winger, attacking midfield and No 10. He even played as a false nine on occasion.

However, according to transfer insider Graeme Bailey, Chelsea could be beaten to the punch by Newcastle.

Newcastle settle on Trossard bid size

Speaking on the Talking Transfers podcast, Bailey claimed Newcastle have settled on a figure of £25m they plan to bid for Trossard in January.

Plans for a January approach have already been given the green light and it’s reported a bid in the region of £25m ‘would stand a good chance of being accepted by the Seagulls’.

Brighton will attempt to ward off the interest and have reportedly already tabled new terms that’d make Trossard the club’s highest paid player.

However, both Newcastle and Chelsea would be able to offer more lucrative terms. Furthermore, both suitors will stand a greater chance of offering European football in the future, especially Chelsea.

Trossard is certain to feature in Qatar with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium.

A strong showing at the World Cup could be the final straw that convinces Newcastle or Chelsea to act. Though in that scenario, his transfer value would also likely soar higher than £25m.

When asked in late-September  about speculation over a move to Chelsea specifically, Trossard claimed he’d be open to moving, though not to simply sit on the bench.

He’d stand a greater chance of achieving regular gametime at Newcastle.

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