Newcastle have been linked with a summer move for Leeds forward Tyler Roberts, but news coming out of Elland Road suggests a deal will be even more difficult than before.
The Daily Mail claimed back in May that the Magpies were interested in a move for the Wales international.
They reported that Roberts was valued at around £10million, a fee that is within Newcastle’s alleged transfer budget.
However, that value has likely increased now.
That will likely push his value way beyond £10million, and therefore out of Newcastle’s reach.
But the 22-year-old was certainly an interesting target.
Reported interest in Tyler Roberts made sense for Newcastle
Roberts has been part of an impressive Leeds team under Marcelo Bielsa, despite not being a guaranteed starter. He played 27 times in the Premier League last season, scoring once.
He was often the link between midfield and attack when he played, and caught the eye of Alan Shearer back in March.
“[Roberts] Gave Leeds United an attacking option from midfield and was a constant thorn in Chelsea’s side,” Shearer wrote.
With his contract initially set to expire in 2022, Roberts was heading into the final year of his deal.
That’s likely part of the reason why Newcastle were keen, as they felt they could get Roberts on a bargain deal. They’re doing similar with Kristoffer Ajer, whose Celtic contract ends next summer.
But with Roberts signing a new contract until 2024 and likely increasing his value beyond £10million, the Magpies will have to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.
The top scorer missed multiple games due to injury, while none of the other strikers stepped up in his absence.
With the ability to play through the middle or just behind the striker, Roberts would have been a savvy addition to Steve Bruce’s squad.
However, it seems as though we’ll have to look elsewhere.