After Newcastle’s dominant display on Saturday, Eddie Howe reaffirmed his desire to get at least one more addition through the door before September. The head coach said the following after the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest:
“We’ve got a few weeks left to try to get the right player that will make a difference for us.”
The Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson is reporting that Newcastle have tabled a formal inquiry for RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko. The 19-year-old hit the headlines last month when his agent posted on Instagram from Newcastle.
At the time, local journalists confirmed Sesko was on Newcastle’s radar but was one of many targets under consideration. Wilson claims during a preliminary approach, Salzburg stated Sesko was not for sale.
Newcastle are now set to test Salzburg’s resolve with a formal inquiry that could lead to an offer. Salzburg rate their young striker very highly and plan to rely on him heavily during this season.
Sesko has started brightly with 2 goals and an assist in 4 starts, including a cup. Last term, he managed 10 goals in 36 appearances (14 starts) in all competitions. Now could be the time to strike as he could be set for a breakout campaign.
Salzburg will drive a hard bargain and the Slovenian is tied down until 2026. To add to the difficulty, both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the budding superstar.
He fits a similar profile to Hugo Ekitike, who Newcastle twice tried to land before he ended up at PSG. Sesko can lead the line or play out wide. He only turned 19 in May so his potential could be off the charts.