Newcastle United are reportedly willing to pay £17.5million for Maxwel Cornet.
That’s according to TalkSPORT, who claim the Magpies are ready to ‘trigger’ the Burnley ace’s release clause. They add that Eddie Howe believes he could be a bargain.
He certainly has the potential to at that price. It’s a lot less than others wingers are going to cost. A deal for Moussa Diaby would have been in excess of £50million, while Leeds want £35million for Jack Harrison.
Cornet is available for half the price of Harrison, and he could be just as devastating.
Newcastle have been linked with the 25-year-old a few times this summer. It was first claimed that they had asked about him during the Nick Pope transfer, then it was reported that he had been offered to the Magpies.
And TalkSPORT believe Newcastle are going to take up that offer.
Newcastle transfer would reunite Cornet with Bruno
If Cornet does come to Newcastle, he will be reunited with one of his former Lyon teammates. The Ivory Coast international played alongside Bruno Guimaraes in France, and the Brazilian is now a hero on Tyneside.
Cornet could become just as heroic if he has the same kind of impact in black and white – if he makes the move of course. This is just a rumour at this stage.
But talk of Newcastle signing Cornet is certainly exciting. He was one of Burnley’s best players last season, and was called ‘unbelievable‘ by fellow countryman Kolo Toure.
He scored nine goals for the Clarets, which is more than any Newcastle player managed last season. It’s one more than our top scorer Callum Wilson.
If Howe does bring in the Ivorian winger, it will be interesting to see where he plays. He’s best suited off the left flank, but that is Allan Saint-Maximin’s position. He also played through the middle at Burnley, but that was in a front two.
Newcastle need someone who can play on the right, so it would be interesting to see if Howe used Cornet out there or moved Maxi across.
It’s all hypothetical for now, but Newcastle certainly need to get a move on in bringing in attacking reinforcements. Especially if they want a new attacker in the squad by the time we face Nottingham Forest next Saturday.