Newcastle are in desperate need of strikers this summer, and a report in TEAMtalk claims that they are one of a host of sides interested in arranging a loan deal for Stephy Mavididi of Juventus.
The 21-year-old Englishman had such an impressive season with the Juve Under-23 side, he was handed his senior debut in April.
But if Newcastle are hoping to secure a deal for the 6ft forward, they will have to see off a vast number of rivals, with no fewer than eight other English sides said to be looking at bringing him back to England.
Everton, Southampton, Burnley and Premier League newcomers Aston Villa are the other top flight sides mentioned. While Championship quartet Leeds, Derby County, Fulham and Middlesbrough are credited with an interest.
Newcastle’s options up front are severely limited at the current time, with Salomon Rondon returning to West Brom, and Joselu thought to be on the verge of a switch to Spain, we are left with just Dwight Gayle as a senior out and out striker – and he is likely to depart before the season starts.
A loan for Mavididi could work out for all parties
A move for a raw talent like Mavididi could turn out to be a good move for everyone concerned.
The player could develop – hopefully – under the guidance of a world class coach like Rafa Benitez, which would benefit him, and allow him to improve by gaining invaluable first team experience at the top level.
Juventus would be sending out a prospect with a lot to learn, and getting back a player with experience and nous of senior competitive football.
Players have been continually linked with a move to Tyneside, such as Joelinton and Wesley, but the fact of the matter remains – until the manager’s position is sorted out, there is little prospect of any impending arrivals.
We need to see movement on both that, and the ownership situation, as soon as possible, in order to have time to build a competitive squad for next season.