Newcastle have been linked with an interest in RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen for almost two years now. We were first linked with the 25-year-old Danish international in 2018 after he had an impressive World Cup.
Earlier this season Poulson was once again mentioned as being on Newcastle’s radar. However, at that time, last September, he seemed to have progressed beyond our grasp.
The 6’4″ striker was being linked with other Premier League clubs like Everton, and with almost three years remaining on his contract could cost as much as £50m. He was also enjoying Champions League football with Leipzig, who were pushing for the Bundesliga title.
However, fast forward to the present and Poulsen has seen his playing time drastically reduced since the report in September. At that time, Poulsen had started 7 of Leipzig’s 8 matches in all competitions.
Since then, he’s started only five matches in the Bundesliga with a further five starts in the Champions League and DFB-Pokal cup. New manager Julian Nagelsmann has preferred a strike partnership of Timo Werner and Patrick Shick.
The Chronicle is reporting that Poulsen has handed in a transfer request and Newcastle along with West Ham are monitoring the situation.
Poulsen is a technically gifted forward but not really a prolific goalscorer. He joined RB Leipzig in 2013 from Danish club Lyngby for a little over £1m. He’s scored just 61 goals in 248 appearances but does have 49 assists.
Even this season where his game time has been limited, the Dane has 11 assists along with his 3 goals. The report says Poulsen would still cost around £30m.