It is going to take something really special from Dan Ashworth to bring Moises Caicedo to Newcastle United in January.

The Magpies are reportedly interested in the Brighton midfielder, with the Telegraph stating that he is on Eddie Howe’s radar following an injury to Jonjo Shelvey.

Newcastle’s need for a new midfielder has intensified in recent days, and Caicedo is a player who could be on his way to St James’ Park. Youri Tielemans is another target, with his Leicester contract set to expire in the summer of 2023.

He would likely be a lot cheaper than Caicedo, who is set to command a huge fee. It was recently claimed by the Sun that Brighton want at least £60million for the 21-year-old.

That would make him one of Newcastle’s most expensive signings ever, and is more than 13 times what he cost the Seagulls in 2021.

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They signed Caicedo from Independiente for £4.5million almost two years ago, and who was the man that brought him to the Premier League? None other than Newcastle’s Sporting Director Ashworth, who is now trying to manufacture another move for the South American youngster.

What Dan Ashworth previously said on Moises Caicedo

Ashworth knows all about Caicedo and his ability. That is why he brought him to Brighton as a teenager.

The Toon chief has played an important role in Caicedo’s development, which has seen him become a top Premier League midfielder.

That will not be a surprise to Ashworth, who predicted a bright future for him during an interview with the Athletic last year.

Caicedo went on loan to Beerschot last year, and Ashworth was asked to explain his decision to send him to Belgium.

“We felt we had one too many midfield players,” Ashworth said in October 2021.

“Moises will be fine, he’s going to be a really good player, but with a development hat on, you’ve got to make sure players get the right number of minutes.”

Even before his Premier League debut, Ashworth knew Caicedo was going to become a star. He has an incredible track record when it comes to signings like this, which is why the Magpies are set for a very exciting future.

Ashworth pulled off plenty of bargains at Brighton, and will look to do the same with Newcastle.

That won’t be possible with Caicedo, as his potential is now known to the world. But at 21, he has long way to go in the game and the scope to get even better. That is why Ashworth is looking to sign him for a second time, and he would be a brilliant addition to Howe’s squad in January.

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