Newcastle United have set their sights on Everton’s midfielder, Amadou Onana to help salvage midfield problems, as per The Telegraph.
Onana’s current state at Everton suggests a degree of unrest, with recent speculations also linking him to potential transfers to Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks.
However, Newcastle who are exploring the market for suitable midfield reinforcements, have also entered the fray as a conceivable destination for the Belgian international.
Sources from The Telegraph reveal that Newcastle’s recruitment team have shortlisted Onana, who is on £100k-per-week deal at Goodison Park, whom they believe possesses characteristics of a player who would improve the squad in the present and future.
The 22-year-old has also been a focal point of thorough discussions in recruitment meetings this week, yet the stumbling block arises from the substantial asking price of approximately £50m. While Newcastle expresses a willingness to meet this fee, their preference is to execute the payment in the summer.
Newcastle would preferably offer a loan fee now, then a transfer fee in the summer, but are waiting to see Everton’s stance. In the absence of an agreement, The Magpies will explore the possibility of advancing their summer spending plans, especially if Everton signals a readiness to sell at a favourable price this month.
Need for reinforcement
Newcastle United have pinpointed Onana as a viable option to fortify their midfield, particularly with growing apprehensions over Joelinton’s failure to reach terms on a new contract.
Also, the extensive injury setbacks plaguing Newcastle, which include Joelinton being ruled out for the remainder of the season, have intensified the urgency to secure a midfielder in this transfer window.
Notably, Onana possesses attributes akin to Joelinton, who is slated for a tendon injury operation next week, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.
Newcastle’s head coach, Eddie Howe, feels the void left by the absence of the Brazilian international and is actively pushing for the acquisition of a new midfielder before the window concludes.
As the transfer window is nearing its fourth week, it remains to be seen how swiftly Newcastle will act in securing a move for Onana especially with Manchester United and Arsenal keeping a close eye on him.
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