Report: Newcastle make first move to sign 'outstanding' playmaker due to play at the World Cup today
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Report: Newcastle make first move to sign 'outstanding' playmaker due to play at the World Cup today

Newcastle United have made the first move to sign RCD Mallorca attacking-midfielder Kang-in Lee, according to Relevo.

It is reported that both the Magpies and Wolverhampton Wanderers have asked about the 21-year-old, ahead of the January window.

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The South Korea international, who is on the bench for today’s World Cup clash against Uruguay, only joined Mallorca last year – having arrived on a free transfer.

He is currently under contract until the summer of 2025, but having impressed this term, the Toon are keen on landing him at St James’ Park this winter.

Newcastle enquire about Lee

In a surprising move, Valencia allowed Lee to leave on a free transfer last summer. Prior to this, he became youngest South Korean in Champions League history to make his debut, featuring against Chelsea as an 18-year-old.

This comes as even more of a shock when reading reports of a £71m release clause in his contract at his former club.

He was even linked with a move to Real Madrid, but this failed to come to fruition.

Likened to Premier League legend David Silva, it seems rather strange to now see Lee at a mid-table side in Mallorca.

However, with the World Cup now here, the midfielder has the opportunity to show the globe his talents whilst out in Qatar with South Korea.

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The youngster has been named on the bench for his country’s opener against Uruguay this afternoon. He will be raring to make a cameo, in hope to add to his six national team appearances.

At just 21-years-old, it seems strange to see someone so young fall off the radar, having previously been linked with Madrid and having held a £71m release clause.

However, having played every single La Liga fixture thus far this season, the player has certainly impressed.

Previously hailed as an ‘outstanding talent’ by Valencia academy director Luis Vicente Mateo, Newcastle obviously see huge potential in Lee. Therefore, hopefully they can convince him to switch sunny Spain for north-east England in January, as Eddie Howe looks to add to his squad.