An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Ludovic Ajorque in the summer transfer window…
According to Football Insider, the Magpies are one of several clubs eyeing up a deal to snap up the attacker ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, as Dan Ashworth plots a swoop for the number nine.
The report names fellow Premier League sides Leicester and Crystal Palace as two of the teams set to battle it out with the Toon to secure his signature in the coming weeks.
It has been reported that Strasbourg are willing to part ways with the striker for a fee in the region of €15m (£13m), although it remains to be seen how much Newcastle are prepared to pay for him.
Ashworth can land Newcastle a big upgrade on their current first-choice striker – Callum Wilson – by sealing a deal to bring Ajorque to St. James’ Park this summer.
Wilson, meanwhile, has started 39 times since the start of 2020/21 and been absent on 32 occasions. This shows that he has been unreliable for the Magpies as he spends far too much time on the sidelines, whilst the Frenchman rarely misses games and has the durability to play 30+ matches.
Meanwhile, Strasbourg boss Julien Stephan once dubbed Ajorque a “complete” striker and he has showcased his quality in the top-flight of French football for several years.
This came after he scored 17 goals in his first two seasons in Ligue 1 and shows that he has progressed as a player with more experience at the top level.
Therefore, Ajorque would be a big upgrade on Wilson as he is likely to be available for more matches and has the potential to offer more in terms of both goals and assists in the final third for the Magpies.
That is why Ashworth must ensure that he is able to beat Palace and Leicester to the gem’s signature before the end of the window.