Newcastle United are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs that are watching Nicolas Jackson’s development closely.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report that Aston Villa and Everton are also interested in the Villarreal youngster.
Jackson is 21-years-old, and enjoying his breakthrough season with the La Liga side. He’s played 15 times in the Spanish top flight so far this season, and has two goals and two assists.
The attacker is turning heads with his performance for Villarreal, and it could lead to a move to England.
The Senegalese forward certainly fits the profile of what Dan Ashworth is looking for. Jackson clearly has a lot of natural ability, but is also very raw. The potential is there for him to be moulded into a top player.
Jackson is a powerful runner in possession, with his driving runs from halfway making him a real danger in a Villarreal shirt. That kind of ability will appeal to the likes of Newcastle, who are always on the lookout for stars of the future.
However, they will need to fend off interest from Aston Villa, who now have an ace up their sleeve.
Aston Villa may have an edge over Newcastle in race to sign Nicolas Jackson
A couple of weeks ago, you wouldn’t be able to argue that Aston Villa would be more likely to sign someone over a team like Newcastle. However, developments at Villa Park could influence the tussle to secure Jackson’s services.
Unai Emery is the new Villa manager, replacing Steven Gerrard. And who has he left to return to the Premier League? That’s right, Villarreal.
The Spanish boss knows all about Jackson, giving him his big break with the Yellow Submarine. The Daily Mail state that Emery has worked closely with the youngster and is aware of his potential.
Therefore, Villa might have an edge in the race to sign Jackson. If he felt he worked well with Emery, then it seems like following him is a no brainer.
However, his contract situations means he will certainly have a lot of offers coming his way.
Jackson out of contract in 2023
The Daily Mail add that Jackson’s contract at Villarreal expires at the end of the season. That means he can agree a pre-contract with a new club as early as January. Alternatively, he could be sold for a bargain fee when the transfer window opens.
The report adds that Barcelona are interested given his contract status.
With a really high ceiling and a contract winding down, it’s no wonder so many clubs are keeping an eye on Jackson. There is a chance for one club to secure an absolute bargain.
But will it be Newcastle? Joining the Magpies isn’t a difficult sell nowadays, especially with Eddie Howe’s side currently challenging for Europe. Dan Ashworth will feel confident in his ability to convince Jackson to move to the North East, if Newcastle decide to make a move.