Football Insider had an exclusive this morning that Newcastle had reached a breakthrough in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Ademola Lookman. The specifics of the breakthrough were not detailed. However, it is likely to be concerning the permanent transfer fee for the 22-year-old.
They are now reporting that Lookman will undergo a medical this weekend. The details of the deal are that it is a loan until the end of the season with an option to buy. The amount of the fee was not disclosed.
The Northern Echo had a report this morning stating that Newcastle would have to insert a guaranteed £22.5m purchase clause in a loan deal for Lookman. However, there was nothing in the report confirming that an agreement had been reached.
We think bringing in Lookman on loan with an option to buy, even at £22.5m, is a low risk deal. However, making it guaranteed gives us some pause.
Jarrod Bowen could seemingly be bought for that amount this winter, and we think he could prove to be a better signing. Bowen has also played as a striker for Hull this season and done well. So bringing in Jarrod for around £20-25m and then getting an experienced striker on loan is an option we think could work.
However, that doesn’t take into consideration Hull’s flat refusal to sell Bowen this winter. If that is the case, then getting Lookman is a solid alternative. Though, the Northern Echo seems to think Hull would let Bowen go if Newcastle met their asking price.
The claim from Football Insider is that Lookman will be in for a medical this weekend. So we don’t have too long to wait to find out how accurate their source is.
If the Lookman deal does happen, then that is some unexpectedly swift business from Newcastle for a winter window.
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