According to a report by 90Min, Newcastle have have been handed the chance to sign Slavia Prague’s Lukas Masopust.

Masopust is a 28-year-old winger and helped knock Rangers and Leicester City out of last season’s Europa League, before Slavia were eliminated by Arsenal.

He also played every game for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020 as they reached the quarter-finals, qualifying from England’s group before knocking out the Netherlands in the last 16.

Masopust, who has 24 caps for his country, played on the right of the Czech midfield during the 1-0 loss to England at Wembley in June.

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The article claims he could be available this summer for as little as £6 million.

But Newcastle face competition to sign him – if they’re even interested – as he’s been offered to a number of other Premier League clubs as well.

West Ham, Leicester, Watford, Brighton, Wolves, and Crystal Palace are all named in the report as potential destinations.

 

The Hammers might well be the most likely destination given the success of Masopust’s international teammates Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek in east London.

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Would Newcastle sign him?

It wasn’t too long ago that reports came up that Mike Ashley wouldn’t sanction the purchase of a 27-year-old player because that’s too old.

But then 28-year-old Rafa Silva was linked, so who knows?

A central midfielder – namely Joe Willock – is the first priority.

And while £6 million may seem like a reasonable price, that could well prove to be a big chunk of Newcastle’s summer budget at this rate.

It would be a surprise if the Czech international headed to the north east.

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