Pundit thinks Alexander Isak should be Newcastle's statement signing
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Pundit thinks Alexander Isak should be Newcastle's statement signing

Former Newcastle United midfielder Darren Ambrose thinks Alexander Isak should be the club’s statement signing this summer.

The Magpies have been linked with the 22-year-old, as Eddie Howe looks to add more goals to his side ahead of the new season.

We’ve made three signings so far, all of which boost our ability to stop conceding goals. Now we need to focus on scoring more.

And Ambrose thinks Isak is the man for Newcastle.

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What Ambrose said about Newcastle signing Isak

The ex-midfielder has appeared on TalkSPORT and spoke about Newcastle’s interest in the Real Sociedad forward.

“He [Isak] didn’t have a fantastic season in terms of goals last season, but the season before – brilliant for Real Sociedad,” he said.

“It’s a lot of money, it is, but Newcastle need to make that statement signing. They’ve not done much this season. They’ve built their foundations. Make a statement signing – I think he could be one of them.”

Why Newcastle won’t pull off this statement signing

While Isak truly would be a statement signing for Newcastle, it simply isn’t going to happen. Not this summer at least.

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The Swedish forward was mentioned as a possible target back in March, then interest appeared to ramp up earlier this month.

The Telegraph claimed that Newcastle were planning a club record bid for Isak, as they looked to tempt the forward to St James’ Park.

However, it didn’t take long before this transfer pursuit came to an end. It wasn’t even going on long enough to be labelled a ‘saga’.

The Magpies are reportedly willing to spend £50million on Isak, but that isn’t enough. Sociedad want his release clause activated, which is worth £76million. His wages are also an issue, with the Telegraph claiming he wanted to be the best paid player at the club by a long way.

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He reportedly wanted £200,000-a-week to move to Newcastle. That’s a figure the Toon offers aren’t going to offer, while his release clause is also way too high for us.

A statement signing would be a dream for Toon fans, while it would also satisfy the media. They seem intent on Newcastle making mega money signing after mega money signing.

However, that simply won’t happen. The money isn’t there to do that – if Newcastle want to be a long-term success.

Ambrose might want to see Isak at St James’ Park, but he’s going to be disappointing. But whether it’s a statement signing or a sensible addition, Newcastle do need attacking reinforcements.