Newcastle transfer news: Toon planning January bid for Youri Tielemans
Newcastle transfer news: Toon planning January bid for Youri Tielemans
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Newcastle transfer news: Toon planning January bid for Youri Tielemans

Newcastle United looked at signing Youri Tielemans during the summer, and are now planning a January bid for the Leicester midfielder.

That’s according to the Mirror (25/09, p77), who state that the Magpies are looking to pay around £15million for the Belgium international.

They add that Eddie Howe’s side face competition from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. However, they reportedly hope that the presence of Graeme Jones can give them an advantage.

Newcastle coach Jones has worked with Tielemans before, back when he was part of Roberto Martinez’s staff with Belgium.

But will that be enough to convince the 25-year-old to make the move to St James’ Park? And will £15million be enough to convince the Premier League’s bottom side Leicester to sell?

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Getting Tielemans to Newcastle in January will be very difficult

While Newcastle may be planning a £15million bid and feel like they have an ace up their sleeve in Jones, there are still no guarantees that Tielemans will move to Tyneside.

In truth, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to tempt him to make the move.

Sure, other big names have joined Newcastle since the takeover such as Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Alexander Isak and Sven Botman. But the pursuit of Tielemans is very different because of his contract situation.

The midfielder’s Leicester deal expires next summer, meaning he will become a free agent in 2023 unless he extends his contract.

Therefore, plenty of clubs will be sniffing a bargain – either on a cut price deal in January or for nothing in the summer.

So what can Newcastle offer that makes them stand out? Unless we are on course to qualify for Europe, it’s hard to see why Tielemans would want to move to St James’ Park – especially if he receives offers from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

But for £15million, he would be an absolute bargain for Newcastle. That’s £10million less than he was valued at in the summer when Leicester wanted £25million.

If he did sign, Howe would have one of the Premier League’s top midfields in Bruno and Tielemans. The Belgian superstar is a top class player, and has been described as ‘outstanding‘ and ‘one of Europe’s top midfielders‘ by Brendan Rodgers.

It’s hard to disagree with the Leicester boss, which is why talk of Tielemans to the Toon is so exciting. But January is still a long way away…