A huge Newcastle United deal could be on the cards, as reports have claimed they are potential suitors for prolific Serie A forward Victor Osimhen.
The Magpies were reportedly tracking Osimhen in January. However, they settled for the signing of experienced Premier League head Chris Wood.
Nevertheless, the signing of Wood will only go so far. The Magpies eyed Wood for his previous experience at the bottom of the Premier League with Burnley, but they eyed another signing.
While they are still in the mix at the bottom, Eddie Howe’s side are beginning to pull away from danger. They have earned eight points from their last four league games.
Should they continue that trend of earning points, they will edge closer to guaranteeing safety. As such, they will be able to look ahead to next season and another top signing.
A couple of sources have claimed that Newcastle are still keen on Osimhen. One of which being Area Napoli, who state the Nigerian interests Newcastle, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
During his time at Napoli, Osimhen has scored 21 goals in 50 games, as well as registering six assists.
While the Magpies are not the powerhouses that United and Real are, they can compete with them in terms of money following their takeover.
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Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia stated via Twitter that for €100million (£83million), Osimhen would be available.
With the funds that Newcastle have available to them, that fee would nevertheless be a significant one that would smash their transfer record.
Osimhen and Fabian Ruiz tracked by Newcastle
Newcastle are also reportedly keen on Osimhen’s Napoli teammate Fabian Ruiz. Bargiggia revealed via Area Napoli that Ruiz would be keen to move on from the Naples side.
“There are confirmations on the player’s intention not to renew the current contract, which expires in 2023. The boy, but above all his agent, hopes that president Aurelio De Laurentiis is willing to negotiate the sale at a reasonable price in July,” the journalist said.
“On the Spaniard and Victor Osimhen, there is also Newcastle, who tried to take them both in January. If he had a choice, Fabián would return to Spain to play for Real, Atlético or Barcelona: it’s his dream.”
While Ruiz may prefer a move to Spain, a double swoop by Newcastle could well bear fruit.