Talk of Ademola Lookman joining Newcastle has gone quiet, and now an alternative has been linked.

According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, the Magpies are willing to pay £10 million for Braga winger Ricardo Horta.

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The report mentions Newcastle’s interest in Lookman, but states that they will move towards Horta due to Leipzig’s refusal to let the Englishman go.

There was talk of the ex-Everton winger joining on loan with a view to a permanent move, but there doesn’t seem to have been any progress made in the past week.

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So would Horta be a decent alternative? Well he’s in much better form than Lookman, considering he’s actually been playing for Braga.

 

The 25-year-old is enjoying an impressive season, and has actually already found the net against a Premier League team. Horta scored the winner against Wolves in the Europa League back in September. He’s also scored four times in the league, as well as providing three assists.

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Horta mainly operates on the left flank, but is also capable of doing a job on the right. While he is versatile, his preference to play on the left could be an issue. We already have Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, two players who prefer to be on the left wing.

Will we be seeing Horta holding up a Newcastle scarf any time soon? I’m not convinced.

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