With his contract at Bournemouth set to expire next summer, Ryan Fraser is going to be a man in demand.
The Scottish winger could potentially leave Dean Court for a cut price fee in January, or for absolutely nothing at the end of the season. He was reportedly a target for Arsenal in the summer, while the Magpies were also loosely credited with an interest.
Whether they were or weren’t keen, Newcastle need to be interested in January. Fraser is one of the best players outside of the top six and would certainly boost Steve Bruce’s attacking ranks.
Other than Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, we don’t really have many great wide options who can change a game.
But Fraser can do exactly that. The 25-year-old scored seven goals for the Cherries last season, but his assist record is even more impressive. He directly set up 14 goals in the Premier League, with only Eden Hazard managing more in the entire division.
He’s reportedly been offered a new contract to stay at Bournemouth, but he is yet to sign on the dotted line. He can run down his contract and leave on a free, or Bournemouth may decide to cash in while they can and get at least some money for him in January.
Fraser is the kind of player who can take Newcastle to the next level. Going forward we’ve been woeful, but the former Aberdeen lad has shown that he can be lethal on the counterattack, which is exactly how the Magpies seem to be trying to play under Bruce.
Is Newcastle a step up from Bournemouth? In terms of club stature, yes. But in terms of being stable in the Premier League? No.
But if Fraser has his heart set on leaving the south coast, then Newcastle need to make a play for him and try and convince the midfielder that St James’ Park is the place for him.