Newcastle United have been linked with a summer move for PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke.
According to a recent report from 90min, the Magpies are one of the clubs – alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Leeds United, Everton and Wolves – who are looking to secure a deal for the Englishman this summer.
After spending time in Tottenham’s youth ranks, the 20-year-old joined PSV’s under-17 side four years ago. Since then, the winger has made 114 appearances for the Dutch outfit across their senior and youth teams, scoring 36 goals and delivering 27 assists along the way.
In 34 senior appearances for PSV last season, the youngster found the net nine times and supplied six assists, highlighting how dangerous he can be in front of goal.
In fact, only Cody Gakpo (2.9) ended the league campaign with a higher average of dribbles per game than Madueke (2.4), while just three PSV players racked up more shots on target than the ex-Spurs winger (18).
The attacker received praise from Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers earlier this year before his side took on PSV in the Europa Conference League, when the Foxes manager said: “He’s a talented player, he’s physically very good, he’s got a nice left foot, he’s dynamic, he wants to run in behind, so he’s a threat.”
The former Spurs youth prospect was linked with a move back to the north London club last summer, with a reported price tag of £40m put on him.
Should the Tyneside club beat their Premier League colleagues in securing the PSV star’s signature this summer, it could turn out to be bad news for current Magpies winger Miguel Almiron and his future at St James’ Park, which had already been placed in doubt in recent weeks.
Despite playing less than half as many league minutes compared to the Toon winger last season, Madueke still had more attempts at goal and more than double the number of shots on target (FBRef).
This suggests that the Englishman could be a better option for Newcastle than Almiron in an attacking sense.
Should the Toon look to offload the Paraguay international this summer, bringing in Madueke could be the ideal next step for them.