One area Newcastle are expected to address in January is the lack of creativity at the top of the pitch. Leicester’s James Maddison has been cited in some circles as a top target once the winter window opens.
Leicester do not want to lose their playmaker and twice rejected Newcastle’s advances in the summer. They are trying to tie Maddison down long-term and may choose to keep hold of him despite his contract expiring in 2024.
There will be other options on the shortlist. Sport Witness has cited a report from Spain that Mallorca’s Kang-in Lee is one of them. It’s not the first time the South Korean has been tipped with a move to Tyneside. The Sun’s Alan Nixon reported Newcastle were interested late last summer, under the previous regime.
At the time, Valencia were desperate to sell Lee as he had just rejected a new contract. The La Liga club ended up releasing him with Mallorca snapping him up. He’s hit Newcastle’s radar again after an encouraging start to this season.
Lee generally plays as an attacking midfielder or on the right wing. This season he’s filled in as one of the strikers in a 5-3-2 formation producing a goal and 3 assists. His versatility could be a reason he’s remained on head of recruitment Steve Nickson’s extensive3 scouting list.
The 21-year-old is a full South Korean international and was linked with Real Madrid earlier in his career. He’s very experienced despite his young age with over 100 appearances for Valencia and Mallorca. His contract doesn’t run out until 2025.