Following on from the recent January transfer window that saw Newcastle United spend a substantial amount of money and add a handful of new players to their squad, it seems as though rumours for the next summer transfer window have already begun.
According to a recent report from Tuttomercato, Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in making a summer move for Lille striker Jonathan David.
In 164 senior appearances for Lille and Gent combined, prior to the French club’s Champions League clash against Chelsea tonight, the 22-year-old has managed to rack up 66 goals and 20 assists along the way, showing that he certainly knows how to find the back of the net.
If Newcastle were able to secure the Canadian’s signature when the summer transfer window opens for business, this could give the Magpies the opportunity to get one of their current attacking players off their wage bill and out of the club.
Despite manager Eddie Howe claiming that he will have an important role at the club this season, Toon striker Dwight Gayle has only played eight minutes of Premier League action from two appearances since the Magpies appointed their new manager back in November.
Even though he has been described as a “weapon” in the past by Noel Whelan in terms of his attacking capabilities, it seems as though the 32-year-old has been surplus to requirements this season.
With that in mind, the upcoming summer transfer window could give Newcastle a great opportunity to finally get rid of Gayle and free up a space in their squad for someone like David, who has been described as a “phenomenon” by Hein Vanhaezebrouck, to come in and fight for a spot in the team.
Given how much younger the Lille star is than the current Magpies attacker and his clear knack for scoring goals, he could be a great investment from the Tyneside club, especially if he can be their long-term consistent goalscorer for the foreseeable future.
However, while Howe’s side are currently out of the relegation zone at the moment, they are not fully out of the woods yet in terms of securing their league safety for next season, which should be the club’s main focus before any transfer plans get put into place for the summer.