Premier League upstarts Newcastle could be set to bring to bear a considerable portion of their newfound financial muscle this summer as the Magpies are set to reportedly weigh up a potential move for Swedish international striker Alexander Isak.
Reports in The Telegraph from Northern football correspondent Luke Edwards have linked Newcastle with interest in Isak as Eddie Howe will be tasked with trying to push the club as high up the table as possible in 2022-23, with a new leading front-man a priority.
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The club’s hierarchy has unanimously agreed that Isak would constitute the type of signing that would bolster – and boost – the Newcastle front line in 2022-23 according to Ewards, but such a move would come with a heavy price.
Newcastle would have to chew into nearly the rest of their entire summer budget in order to make any possible deal a reality, which would include the club breaking its own transfer record in the process.
Real Sociedad is said to want “big, big money” for Isak and Newcastle could be forced into a negotiating discussion that lacks any sort of position of strength considering the club has failed to bring in a single attacking reinforcement this summer, while the club’s current central striker options under Howe all come with question marks attached.
At the time of writing, the St. James’ Park outfit can count on just Chris Wood, Callum Wilson, and Dwight Gayle as its only options in the number 9 role after Joelinton has been transformed – for the better – into a central midfield role under Howe.
With all three players sitting at the 30-year-mark and vastly underperforming in comparison to the club’s goals across the short, medium, and long-term, Isak (22) ticks every possible box for Newcastle.
Should terms be struck and the club willing to part with what could be at least £50million for his services, it could be the first time in years that a top-quality striker leads the line on Tyneside.
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