Newcastle transfer target Leandro Trossard tipped for Brighton exit
Newcastle transfer target Leandro Trossard tipped for Brighton exit
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Newcastle transfer target Leandro Trossard tipped for Brighton exit

Pundit Garth Crooks believes Newcastle United transfer target Leandro Trossard could leave Brighton and Hove Albion soon.

The winger was linked with the Magpies going into the summer transfer window, but a move never materialised. Trossard has since started the new Premier League season in spectacular fashion, leading to fresh talk of a move to St James’ Park.

90min recently claimed that Dan Ashworth wants to be reunited with Trossard and add him to Eddie Howe’s squad. The Belgium international also has interest from Chelsea, who are now managed by ex-Brighton boss Graham Potter.

There have since been fresh reports that £25million could be enough to tempt Brighton into selling the 27-year-old.

In the meantime, he is continuing his bright start to the season. The Seagulls beat Chelsea 4-1 at the weekend, embarrassing their former boss Potter in the process.

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Trossard got himself on the scoresheet with his seventh goal of the season, and earned a place in Crooks’ BBC Sport team of the week.

Crooks on Newcastle target Trossard’s future

The former Tottenham forward has named his team of the week following the conclusion of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. It includes just one Newcastle player, with Callum Wilson getting in for his heroics against Aston Villa.

Wilson is joined in attack by Trossard, who Crooks thinks could soon leave Brighton for a bigger club.

“The problem the Seagulls have now is can they hang on to Leandro Trossard, who destroyed Chelsea, and made it very uncomfortable for Potter on his return to his old club,” he wrote.

“It is not unusual for good players to end up at bigger clubs – or managers for that matter.”

Toon transfer would be a step up for Trossard

With Trossard’s Brighton contract set to expire in 2024, there is increasing speculation that he could be sold in 2023. And bigger clubs are circling given his recent form.

The Belgian is one of the Premier League’s top scorers, finding the net seven times so far. That’s the same number of goals as Miguel Almiron, who Toon fans are touting as one of the players of the season at the moment.

Signing an in-form Trossard would be a great bit of business by Newcastle. He is capable of playing on either flank, or even through the middle as he proved at the weekend against Chelsea. That versatility would make him a great option for Howe, who needs more depth in the final third.

Crooks believes Trossard could be snapped up by a bigger club, and Newcastle certainly fall into that category. We are pushing to qualify for Europe, and he will surely have ambitions of testing himself at that level.

If Newcastle do sign Trossard, he wouldn’t be the first person to swap the South Coast for Tyneside recently. Dan Burn made the same move at the start of the year, and he was then followed by Sporting Director Ashworth.

Should the Magpies make a move, it’s difficult to see why Trossard wouldn’t fancy a transfer to the North East. It’s a fantastic place to play football right now, and the club is only heading in one direction – up.