The Daily Mail had a report out earlier this morning that Newcastle are about to break their transfer fee record for Hoffenheim striker Joelintion.
This is what Simon Jones in the Daily Mail writes:
Mike Ashley is prepared to release £36million for the powerful 22-year-old Hoffenheim forward but wants to avoid more protracted negotiations.
Newcastle first made their interest in Joelinton known in January and have maintained interest though Hoffenheim have been pushing for £40million.
Luke Edwards of the Telegraph furthers these claims as he writes the following:
Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but the need to have a manager in place is growing more urgent by the day as they also need him to give the green light to that transfer.
The Mirror had reported at the end of June that Newcastle were looking to bring in Joelinton regardless of the situation with the manager. This is what was written a few days after news broke that Rafa Benitez was not returning:
Despite being without a boss, Newcastle chiefs will now push on with signing players they have lined-up with their scouting team, and Benitez was not keen on.
Hoffenheim’s Brazilian striker Joelinton is a £30m-plus target. Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin has also been looked at, and would cost £25m.
There was also news breaking that Newcastle have relented and paid the massive sum of £4m to Sheffield Wednesday in the hopes that will be enough for him to sign on as the next Newcastle manager. Steve Bruce and his two assistants apparently resigned prior to the payment of this fee.
So if having a manager in place is holding up a deal as Luke Edwards reports, then the imminent announcement of Bruce could see this one pushed through very soon.
Joelinton– Ashley’s Rondon replacement?
Newcastle have been linked with a big move for Joelinton since February.
There was also news in March that Rafa Benitez had soured on the idea of signing the 22-year-old. That could have been because Mike Ashley was looking to bring him in as the replacement for Rondon which Benitez may have not been too keen on.
The striker had also been drawing interest from Wolves but they appeared to have balked at the price tag.
Joelinton scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season. He also managed just 8 goals in 31 appearances for Austrian club Rapid Vienna when on loan the season prior.