Early in the winter transfer window, Newcastle were linked with quite a few strikers. A new name seemed to pop up every day.
Many of these strikers ended up making moves last month. Players like Krzysztof Piatek, Paco Alcacer, Tino Kadawere, and Karl Toko Ekambi all joined new clubs during the January window.
One forward that Newcastle were briefly linked with was Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis.
Early in the window, French journalist Manu Lonjon tweeted the following, which translates to ‘Newcastle just made an offer for Emmanuel Dennis.’
Newcastle vient de formuler une offre pour Emmanuel Dennis ( Bruges) pic.twitter.com/cweXb1fZ5J
— Manu ???? (@ManuLonjon) January 9, 2020
The fee being bandied about for the 22-year-old was £25m. However, it was quickly refuted by the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.
Word up here is that Newcastle have not – at this stage – made a £25million offer for Emmanuel Dennis of Club Brugge. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 9, 2020
Dennis’s name has come up again in a report from Belgian outlet HLN which names Newcastle as one of seven clubs scouting him.
The report claims that Brighton, Sheffield United, and Watford from the Premier League, along with Dortmund, Monaco, and Sampdoria are tracking the Nigerian international.
Dennis joined Brugge on a free in 2017 from Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk. He can play as a center-forward or on either wing and has made 100 appearances in total for Brugge with 27 goals and 10 assists.
The dynamic forward only turned 22 in November, so he has plenty of time to reach his potential. The report from Belgium also claims that Brugge value Dennis at the £25m mark.
He does seem like the type of signing Newcastle could go for in the summer.