Newcastle have a number of wingers we are interested in this summer and exactly who we will end up signing is a very good question.
Only today Newcastle have made a proposal to Jesus Navas’ agent to take him to Newcastle on a free transfer from Manchester City and if we can pull that one off it will be a coup for Newcastle.
We are also still interested in signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace – a player who Rafa likes a lot – and Andre Gray of Burnley – who usually plays up front as a striker.
23 year-old winger Tom Lawrence – very versatile
Newcastle are also interested in getting 21 year-old winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough in part exchange for goalkeeper Karl Darlow, but Chelsea are also said to be interested in the speed merchant from Spain.
Another target of ours, who we like a lot, is 6 times capped 23 year-old Welsh International Tom Lawrence of Leicester City.
Tom had a an excellent season on loan at Ipswich Town last season where he scored 11 goals and 11 assists in 36 total games for the Tractor Boys.
It’s not entirely clear how much Lawrence would cost but he seems to have no future at the former Premier League Champions, but there are a number of Championship clubs such as Derby County and Sunderland interested in signing the player.
Leicester are reported to want up to £10M for the player, but we could probably get the 23 year-old for less than that – maybe around £8M or even less?
In today’s very high transfer fees for fairly ordinary players, £8M for Tom Lawrence would be a good deal for Newcastle, because one of Tom’s great strengths is his versatility and he can play on either wing or up front as a striker.
He looks a very good young player – just what Rafa is looking for this summer.
We’d be happy enough if Rafa signed Tom Lawrence, but it’s also clear Newcastle have spread their net this summer far and wide to get the right players in for our entry back into the Premier League.
What do you think?