Hakim Ziyech has emerged as a target for Newcastle United, as Eddie Howe searches for reinforcements ahead of the second half of the season.

The Magpies are currently third in the Premier League, and are genuine contenders to qualify for next season’s Champions League. We are also looking to end our trophy drought, as Howe’s side prepare for a League Cup semi final against Southampton next week.

It is a pivotal stage of the season for Newcastle, and the strength of our squad is going to be tested. That is why the club are looking to utilise the January transfer market, which is set to close in two weeks.

Other than Garang Kuol, the Magpies are yet to make any signings. Howe is keen to bring in a centre midfielder, but that is proving to be difficult.

Another two options emerged on Monday night, with the Telegraph stating that the Toon are interested in Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea.

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

And another player from Stamford Bridge is also on Newcastle’s radar – World Cup star Hakim Ziyech. He helped Morocco reach the semi finals out in Qatar, but is yet to capitalise on his wonderful performances on the global stage.

Now it looks like a January move could be on the cards.

Newcastle keen on Hakim Ziyech transfer

According to 90min, Ziyech is an attacking player that Newcastle are considering making a move for.

They state that his representatives contacted the Magpies about possibly signing the contact, and they were receptive to a possible deal.

90min add that Chelsea would like to sell the 29-year-old, who has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025.

Ziyech, who was nicknamed ‘The Wizard‘ by Ajax fans during his time in Amsterdam. would be an interesting addition for Newcastle. He predominantly plays on the right of attack, which has been Miguel Almiron’s position this season – and he has been one of our best performers.

But Ziyech would add something different to Newcastle’s attack. He is an incredibly gifted player – someone with great vision who can also score from distance. His ability to break the lines with his passing could make him a difference maker for Newcastle, especially with teams now playing more defensively against us.

The fact his agent has contacted Newcastle about a move would suggest that he is keen. And the Magpies reportedly responded positively about trying to do a deal.

A loan would probably suit Dan Ashworth and Howe better, so it would largely depend on Chelsea’s willingness to do a deal.

As we enter the second half of the January transfer window, this could be one to watch.

Related Topics