Newcastle United are considering an ambitious move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, according to The Mirror. The Magpies are set to have a huge bounty to spend in January and are aiming high.
Last week saw the end of Mike Ashley. The Sports Direct chief departed St James’ Park, ending a 14-year tenure that saw Newcastle relegated to the Championship twice.
His time at the club saw him face a constant battle from disgruntled supporters. The new owners will hope to wipe the slate clean and show some genuine ambition.
Martial is down the pecking order at Old Trafford. He did start, and score, in the 1-1 draw with Everton prior to the international break. That was his first league start since August under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought, providing cause for concern.
The 25-year-old has been at United since 2015. He cost the club £36 million from Monaco and was viewed back then as a teenager to take world football by storm.
It’s not quite transpired in such fashion, although he has shown flashes of utter brilliance at Old Trafford. In 265 games for the club, he’s scored 79 goals and registered 50 assists.
Interestingly he’s failed to hold down one position with United. Although he arrived primarily as a centre-forward, he has also shown the versatility to be utilised on the flank.
Gamechanger: Newcastle should pull out the stops for Martial
Alan Shearer might have called him ‘frustrating’ back in March but ultimately, Martial needs to go somewhere and be the centre of attention.
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, the man with 30 caps for his country is never going to do that at United.
Signing Martial won’t come cheap. He would likely command a hefty transfer fee and earns in the region of £180,000-a-week on his United contract.
There is also the small matter of trying to convince him to join Newcastle. Although it seems as though the club can kick on, anyone who joins in January is likely to spend the rest of the season fighting against relegation.
Martial would be a decent addition though. He’d be the main man at Newcastle and he’d be the big-name addition that supporters crave following the recent takeover.