In Callum Wilson, Newcastle have a quality striker who is a reliable source of goals. The 29-year-old was named Newcastle’s Player of the Season after banging in 12 goals and adding 5 assists during his inaugural campaign.
Wilson’s arrival was outside Mike Ashley’s strict transfer policy of only paying money for players under the age of 27. Ashley sanctioned the £20m move and it paid off big time last season.
As has been the case for the past few years, Newcastle are again in the hunt for a striker this summer. The futures of both Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll are uncertain at the moment. Gayle has reportedly agreed on a new 3-year-deal while Carroll is mulling over the offer of a one-year extension.
Even if both strikers sign on the dotted line, Newcastle will still need at least one more forward in the door. Gayle’s contract offer serves two purposes. He’s a decent back up striker when fit and if a suitable offer comes in for him, Newcastle can get a decent fee.
Carroll’s days as a starting Premier League player are likely over. The bruising striker does provide some value in the dressing room and as a late-match substitute. Though if the Premier League reduces the number of players on the bench this season, he probably struggles to make the matchday squad.
Sasa Kalajdzic– Newcastle priced out of move
What Newcastle need is another goal scorer in the ranks. They cost money. Something which Steve Bruce has precious little of this summer. The Athletic, in their scouting guide for Euro 2020, have named two internationals that Newcastle have tracked but just can’t afford.
Early last summer, Newcastle were briefly linked with an interest in Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst. The Dutch international fit the bill as a goal machine. Heading into last season, he had scored 38 goals in two seasons with the Bundesliga club.
According to The Athletic, last summer Newcastle along with Tottenham made preliminary advances for the Dutchman. Nothing further materialized and the 6’6″ target nan stayed with Wolfsburg firing them into the Champions League.
He had an outstanding season bagging 25 goals and 9 assists in 41 appearances. Wolfsburg won’t stand in his way of a move to another club but it would take £25m to start negotiations. Even if Newcastle had that to spend, Weghorst probably wouldn’t trade in Champions League football.
The other striker Newcastle reportedly really admire is Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic. He’s another giant standing 6’7″ and is more of a realistic target than Weghorst. Kalajdzic turns 24 in July while Weghorst will be 29 when the season kicks off.
He has just 2 years remaining on his contract and Stuttgart are bracing themselves for offers this summer. The Austrian international is being tracked by Everton, Tottenham, and West Ham for a potential move this summer.
Newcastle are basically ruled out of the running as he would command a fee similar to Weghorst’s. Kalajdzic’s stock has soared after scoring 17 goals this past season. He missed much of the previous one with a serious knee injury.
So Newcastle’s limited budget will force Bruce to look at free agents or loan signings to get in another forward. Josh King seems like a perfect fit despite not being a guarantee for goals. There should also be some potential loan opportunities by the start of the season.