A report in the Express claimed Newcastle have a long-standing interest in RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen, with Everton considering a move for the Danish player in January.

It was reported by Spanish outlet Calciomercato in July 2018 that Poulsen was “in the crosshairs” of Premier League trio Newcastle, Everton and West Ham, but the report was tenuous, at best, with no other information being offered.

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It is very doubtful that Newcastle would be in the chase for the 6ft 3in striker in January, particularly as reports claim a winger is the priority for Steve Bruce when the window opens.

 

Poulsen, who has 25 goals and 14 assists from 94 Bundesliga games, may have been a target, had Newcastle not spent £40 million on Joelinton in the summer.

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Someone to provide chances for Joelinton will be priority for Newcastle

Certainly Bruce’s forwards are struggling for goals, hence the influx of reported strikers being linked with the club – Miguel Almiron’s former strike partner at Atlanta United, Josef Martinez, was the latest name linked.

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But Danish international Poulsen seems a very similar player to Joelinton, and if Newcastle can find a consistent supply line to the Brazilian, and offer him more support at the business end of the pitch, the signs are that he will score goals.

Therefore, the news that Bruce is looking to bring another winger to Tyneside would seem to have far more merit than adding another striker, although it is not impossible that he may yet try to convince Mike Ashley that we need both.

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