Late last month a report from German outlet Bild claimed that both Newcastle and Southampton were very interested in Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch.
The Austrian international has also been linked to both Tottenham and Arsenal in the past year. He’s had an outstanding season in the Bundesliga and could be worth much more than his €25m release clause.
Grillitsch fits the type of player Bruce is coveting for his midfield. He’s creative, can win the ball, holds on to it well, and is adventurous when pushing forward from the midfield. He’s also got that natural composure where he makes it look so easy.
He’ll turn 25 in August and has been at Hoffenheim for three years. So he could be reaching the point where he’s ready to take his next step.
Grillitsch is an international teammate of Valentino Lazaro, who will hopefully stay at Newcastle beyond this year. The midfielder also spent last season at Hoffenheim playing with Joelinton.
Newcastle are reportedly still trying to tempt Lille’s Boubakary Soumare to Tyneside. However, after turning us down in January, the Frenchman now has attracted the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona.
So if Soumare becomes an impossibility, we think Florian Grillitsch could be a decent option for close to half the price.