Newcastle had a delegation in Italy to watch Dennis Praet in action for Sampdoria on Sunday, and Praet is said to have had an excellent game running the midfield for the Italian club in their 2-1 home win against Benevento.
There are different reports on whether or not we have actually bid £12.8M for him but a report in Football Italia seems accurate.
After the game, they say that Newcastle officials entered into talks about signing Praet so it could be that we haven’t put in a formal bid for him yet.
Signing Praet would give Newcastle’s central midfield some class and creativity, and unless we bring in more creativity and scoring power to the side before the end of the month, it could be another difficult season for us in the Premier League.
The report of the bid of £12.8M was in Italian newspaper Il Secolo XI, and certainly, the once capped Belgium International had a good season after joining Sampdoria from Anderlecht last summer.
Newcastle’s central midfield target Dennis Praet
There are even reports in Italy that Sampdoria has already accepted Newcastle’s bid with Calciomercato’s Enzo Lampard believing Praet will move to Newcastle and that the Italian club has accepted Newcastle’s €14M (£12.8M) bid.
One thing that could still hold up the deal is that we have some players like Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, Manu Riviere, and Sadio Haidara to offload and time is starting to run out with only 9 days left of the summer transfer window.
The main thing stopping a number of the players leaving for other clubs are the high wages they are receiving at Newcastle.
That’s a problem we have had for many years when we try to move out unwanted players.
But Praet would appear to be an excellent signing for us if we can get him because he has class and quality.
And we are still hoping the Newcastle hierarchy can wake up and bring in at least four good players before the end of the transfer window.