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Newcastle Struggling To Attract Striker Target

8:27 am, Friday, August 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Newcastle have been reported interested in signing Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, who is said to be keen to play in the Premier League.

Tottenham were heavily linked with the player earlier this year and at that time a fee of £7.8M was mentioned and recent reports suggest he would go for about that price now.

There was a report in L’Equipe a couple of days ago that both Newcastle and Sporting Lisbon were interested in signing the 22 year-old.

Sebastien Haller

Sebastien Haller – 22 year-old Utrecht striker

That was followed up yesterday with a report in Voetbal International that said the French club AS Monaco were also interested in signing the player.

That report also suggested that Newcastle would find it difficult to attract the ambitious striker to Tyneside to play in England’s second division, with the words that he was “not very eager” to join the Magpies.

It seems that Newcastle have found it difficult over the last week or so to attract some of their transfer targets, which are said to include a striker and a winger.

And Newcastle are still waiting to get Everton left-back Brendan Galloway on loan for the season as the Toffees bring in defensive reinforcements.

Haller stands 6ft 2ins and has played for all of the French Youth sides including 14 appearances for the U-21 side with 9 goals.

He joined Utrecht last summer from Auxerre and scored 24 goals in 40 appearances last season, but he was also on loan for half a season at Utrecht before that – so in 57 total appearances he has scored 35 goals for his Dutch club.

Premier League club Everton have also been linked with Haller, who has scored 43 goals in 94 first team appearances in his career at Auxerre and Utrecht.

Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke 04 have all shown interest in the player this year and he was even linked with Aston Villa, Norwich and Sunderland in last January’s transfer window.

The striker is in big demand and being in England’s second division could make it very difficult for the Magpies to get this young striker to Newcastle.

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Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonda // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Hanley and Mbemba will be our Number 1 Centre Back Pairing this season

  • 2 Veltman // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Will be or should be?
    I remember fools labeling Lascelles as president!

  • 3 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Might be harsh but this is rafa and charnley’s fault. Why wait so long to get the most precious commodity on a soccer pitch? The clarkes sels hanleys and gamez’s are less important.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Toonda you could be right. Fair play to rafa for dropping guys when needed. Colo was undroppable. There again pardew mclaren and co didnt have the options rafa has.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    BANG BANG,
    Two days after a win and a Rafa free post Munster is back with a boom!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Pardew and McLaren signed up to a system that didn’t allow competition and were happy to take the money.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    I like the tactic of Pep to use ManC fullbacks to bolster the midfield rather than providing width in the attacking third. I have never understood the attraction of making a player run the whole length of the pitch twice, offering another option upfront and being required in the backline. Much more sensible to retain a defensive ‘W’ formation and do away with the second defensive midfielder. Then rather than the usual four attackers, an additional striker can be incorporated in an attacking ‘M’ formation. Ie:

    ——–Perez—-Gayle
    Left wing—-Diame—-Ritchy
    Colback—–Hanley—-Janmatt
    —–Lascelle—-Mbemba
    ————-Sels

  • 8 expatmag // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Cant attract strikers?

    I think it is pretty evident that all this tripe about not having to sell to buy is absolute tripe.

    We have probably come in evens in what we have paid out whilst reducing the salary budget drastically.

    I bet London to a brick the reason why we havent bought or loaned Galloway knockaert etc is more to do with Ashley telling Rafa no more in until the likes of Sissoko Saviet Tiote Krul etc are moved out.

  • 9 kilcline // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Find strange that we don’t have 3 players lined up for each position as possible transfer targets and then plus another youth who could become class (e.g. Henry at left back)

    Striker – Haller, Assombalonga, Ings loan
    Winger – Knockaert, Moses, Burke

    2 from them and Arrons given a chance and we will smash this tin pot league

  • 10 Jib // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Munster

    I must say after defending you.

    Those 2 posts are gratuitously provocative.

    If you want to grab attention – just take yer grundigs off and jump up and down waving them round yer heid.

  • 11 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Jail stop being a child for goodness sake. Anyway ur talking crap. Of course all the managers wanted players. Pardew wanted the big brazilian / dutch centre back guy before the deal was kyboshed. He didnt ” sign up” to that. Obviously he took the salary but back in the real world..

  • 12 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Jib maybe i woke up grumpy but not being provocative. Strikers are more important than defenders and harder to buy. Im not hanging rafa and charnley but in hindsight etc. Hopefully we will get a good un from spain or abroad if needed

  • 13 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Moses wud be a cracker.wasted where he is




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