Craig Hope has tweeted the following about CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.
Bit of info picked up this morning. I'm told NUFC looked at CSKA striker Fedor Chalov but were put off by asking price. Palace are in for him but £23m offer might not be enough. Sources say 21-year-old is best young player in Russia and would be a hit in PL.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 8, 2019
This would have been some signing for Newcastle if they were willing to try and get the 21-year-old Russian in. He would have been perfect for Newcastle.
Newcastle will have seen Chalov this past February when they played CSKA in a friendly as he played in that game.
He scored 17 goals with 7 assists last season in Russia. This season he already has 2 goals and an assist in CSKA’s first four games.
He is a forward who can finish and create. He would fit
perfectly in Newcastle’s 3-5-2 formation.
Fedor Chalov– Russian phenom
If Newcastle are interested in Chalov, they should go for him now. This is a player who could be worth twice as much in a couple of years so there will be little hope of getting him in the future.
There actually may be little hope now in getting him in as Crystal Palace are pushing to sign the striker but CSKA Moscow are not willing sellers.
Crystal Palace have reportedly had a £23m bid rejected for Chalov but are said to be determined to bring him in.
We will see if Crystal Palace follow up with an improved bid and we will be very disappointed if he ends up at Palace for around £25m.
While he certainly would have been a risk and a fee over £25m would have been unlikely from Newcastle, it would have been nice to at least have seen an attempt at signing the Russian striker.