Eddie Howe is still hopeful of a couple of attacking arrivals before the summer window slams shut. The sights are currently focused on James Maddison though there are other routes Newcastle can go down in their hunt for firepower upfront.
Newcastle are waiting to officially hear the fate of their second bid for James Maddison. Though it appears almost certain the Foxes will knock it back with Keith Downie’s revelation that it is closer to £40m than £50m.
Conflicting views/info on the James Maddison second bid. The info I have personally is it’s more around the £40m mark with some add-ons. Unlikely to get the midfielder at that price unless Leicester change tact & decide they need to sell #NUFC #LFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 2, 2022
Unless Newcastle break character and go beyond their valuation, it appears the playmaker may be yet another bridge too far this window. The owners have stuck to their guns and not caved for their priority attacking targets but so far come up empty-handed.
If the Maddison pursuit ends after two bids, the groundwork has been laid for Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. The Ivorian has a release clause of £17.5m, though Newcastle have reportedly started negotiations on a structured deal worth slightly higher.
Watford duo Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr are both available for the right price. The pair helped the Hornets down Sheffield United 1-0 last night, with Ciaran Clark making his debut for the Blades.
The price tag may be too steep for Newcastle’s taste. It would reportedly take £25m for Sarr and £20m for Dennis to pry them away from Vicarage Road. Watford would be more than happy to keep them around for their promotion push should acceptable bids not arrive.
Another secondary target is Marseille striker Bamba Dieng, who has been on and off the radar since January. News emerging from France is the 22-year-old has been frozen out at the Stade Velodrome due to excessive weight gain this summer. The report also claims Newcastle are no longer interested.
A player that has not hit our radar who could be a decent option is Inter Milan’s Andrea Pinamonti. Atalanta, our opponents last Friday, have a £15m plus add-ons offer on the table for the striker.
This morning Nottingham Forest have come in for the 23-year-old. Inter reportedly want around £18m for Pinamonti, who spent last season on loan with Empoli scoring 13 goals. He has just two years left on his contract and is an out-and-out striker.
There are decent options available that Newcastle can turn to later in the window. The focus right now is to add bonafide talents like James Maddison or Timo Werner on loan. The jury is still out on whether that proves successful.