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La Liga Playmaker Again Linked With Newcastle

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.

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25 comments so far

  • JohnJ

    Sep 29, 2022 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    1st Sir Pug!

  • JohnJ

    Sep 29, 2022 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost -the bus was on the move again!


    Just catching up,

    Sorry about your horrendous bus trip!

    I have to say you have posted some really good views – I know where you are coming from and agree with what you are saying.

    WLToon, I have a caravan now but find it’s getting heavy for a 78 year old. I did have a Motorhome but it was the wrong layout for us. We bought an end kitchen model but should have gone for an end lounge. If you are thinking of a Motorhome look at the various layouts before you buy. If you want a caravan I have an end bed van. I’d be looking for around £7950 for it.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 29, 2022 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    WL Toon, hope your friend hangs in there mate

  • JohnJ

    Sep 29, 2022 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Sir Pug must be out on The Golf Course!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    And look at that…people have managed to disagree about Rafa and other things, plus I’ve even managed to make a constructive criticism of Munster, without anyone being insulted or causing a scene on the blog. It can be done! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6


    Sounds like you are having the holiday from hell, is it that bad?

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Nijmegen – I said “not bad” for Rafa at Chelski as I am trying to avoid overstating things after all the controversy caused by the word “coup” last night.


    Carltoon – yeah Howe was not my first choice, I wanted Rodgers or Bielsa at the time and anyone who mentioned Lampard or Gerrard to me got a stare that Paddington Bears Aunt would have been proud of.

  • martoon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I freely admit that Eddie Howe would not have been my choice as manager and when he was appointed I was massively underwhelmed! However I’m very happy to have been proved completely wrong and now think he’s the perfect guy to take us forward to the next level – this is probably why I don’t run a football club and so cr*p at FPL 😉

  • carltoon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    EGB, well! I think I’d have preferred an all inclusive now A days, but my husband took months to build this camper van, so I’ll have to suffer a bit longer, we’ve been at this campsite loads of times, but weather has been a bit cloudy, and my legs have a few bites on them,
    But it’s been ok, not our best trip,
    Really us rich pensioners got nothing better to do than holidaying every other month.

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Never heard of him but it sounds like if he’s good enough this could be a smart signing.

    Buying Asian players can open up a huge market and if he’s anywhere near as good as his compatriot Son then we’re in for a blinder. Right age as well.

  • carltoon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    JohnJ. You’ve been away for quite a long time too. Hope the weather has been kind, even though it’s cloudy here it’s still very warm, and look at the money we’re saving on the energy bills, 🙂

  • DrGloom

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Taco – there’s been a coup on the blog?

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Martoon, same here, my initial FPL team was doing fine but once I had to make decisions/transfers etc it all started to go horribly wrong and I haven’t won a H2H since. I would make an awful owner of manager of a football club.

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    DrGloom not really, just the usual storm in a teacup.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I wasn’t so much as underwhelmed by Howe or maybe I was, I honestly thought we’d just chuck £18M pa at Conte and announce ourselves Man City style. I’m actually really glad we’re doing it this way now though.

  • DrGloom

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Should get Rosie Lee on the job

  • ottawageordie2

    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #17

    For the record I think I get along with everyone on the blog. I agree and disagree makes no difference who is the poster. There is no excuse to call fellow posters names or throw insults. We’re all entitled to our own opinion even if it is upsetting as long as it’s not racist, bigoted and within the bounds of decent human conduct. That stuff belongs on a different blog.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I think I can’t remember being underwhelmed by Howe because he seemed like the right fit from that very first interview, I’m not sure how longbthat was after he was seen at the Brighton game.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Respect to all of the people putting their hands up and admitting that they were wrong about Hendrick, Clark, Howe, or whoever else. It’s pretty normal for people to do that but a bit of a challenge on this blog as some will jump on it.

    We’ve all been sold a kipper and been excited by players like Viana joining us only to be let down. I don’t think less of someone because they didn’t want Howe or because they said Joelinton would never come good. We’ve all got opinions after all.

  • snowdone

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    I was pleased with EH from the start and he has only grown in my estimation. I’m sure the club are looking after him in case England come calling in January. He has moved his family up and he can see our project, so I’m confident he will be here for some time.
    Of course, this is a results league. We have played better than our current points tally and have not had our best side out yet.
    Good to see the blog blooming. What with butt sniffing and coup bashing I avoided commenting!!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Nijmegen – I suspect some were underwhelmed by Howe because he’d only ever managed Bournemouth and Burnley, had been out of work for a while, and we were heavily linked with Emery before he decided to stay. As you say, some were also thinking of Conte and other big names but we ended up with an unemployed guy whose last job was relegating Bournemouth…

    I guess that last sentence hits home when you think that kind of profile seems more aligned with an Ashley appointment than one under the new owners. I’m really impressed by the professionalism, the organisation, the communication, and the progress under Howe though. Bloody delighted.

    For the record, I cannot remember what I said on this blog regarding Howe and other options but I’m sure I was delighted once he was appointed.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #22

    In saying that, I’ve never really associated Howe with relegating Bournemouth, I see it more as getting them up four divisions and miraculously keeping them in the PL for five seasons. The man I associate with relegating Bournemouth is Ryan Fraser.

  • IITianToon

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #23

    A nice feature of a great event: https://www.nufoundation.org.uk/news/building-foundations-awards-celebrates-newcastle-united-foundation-s-extraordinary-community

    It is heartening to see how engaged Amanda and Mehrdad have been with the foundation. They seem to be committed to developing the women’s team, the youth teams, and the Foundation’s work with the community and kids with special needs. Proud of them! 🙂

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Nijmegen – I know what you’re saying about Fraser and he does deserve some blame. I would imagine if Howe felt that strongly about it then he would have been out in January though.

    I also agree wholeheartedly that Howe was incredible in keeping Bournemouth in the PL for that long. I was just listing the reasons why some might have been underwhelmed by his appointment at the time. There were several preferring someone with a higher profile who had managed teams in the Champions League.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 29, 2022 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #25

    The puglet was underwhelmed by EH appointment. Probably why I am not even good enough to be in the FPL


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