We had reported last month that Newcastle may be interested in Anderlecht’s 23 year-old Belgium winger Jonathan Legear, who can also play up front as a striker.
Jonathan Legear – Newcastle have contacted my agente
And the player himself has said today that Newcastle United have indeed expressed an interest in signing him.
Legear claims that Newcastle have already contacted his agent, about a possible move to Tynesdie, and Jonathan told La Derniere Heure today:
“Newcastle has contacted my agent to let him know they are interested in me,””I need to prove again and show if I have the level to play in the Premier League.”
The reports suggest the player is not getting carried away with the speculation surrounding him, and that’s good, but we’re also sure that Newcastle would have preferred it if he had kept quiet about their interest.
Legear is quite highly-rated in Belgium, and of course Anderlecht are the current Belgium Champions, and it’s true that scouts from other clubs across Europe, in addition to Newcastle United, have been monitoring his progress this season.
The report suggests that Chris Hughton has already watched the youngster in action, and while Chris has said Newcastle will not bring in any new players in January, we think the club may strengthen the squad – if the timing is right and some good players are available.
Everton are another club who have been linked with the player, but he will cost some real transfer money, as he has only recently extended his contract through the summer of 2014 with the Brussels club.
The likely fee quoted for the player is around £3.5M, and that’s within Newcastle’s range should they indeed decide to bring in some players in the January transfer window.
Jonathan has tremendous speed down the wing, and certainly Newcastle need more speed in their side, and as we mentioned earlier, he can also play as a striker.
It would appear the lad could be a decent signing for around £3M, if they can get him on Tyneside for that fee.
Jonathan started his career with Standard Liege as 11 year-old back in 1998, and finally moved to Anderlecht in 2003, and has made around 100 appearances for the Brussels club since then with 14 goals.