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Newcastle: Dan Ashworth to “consider” Christian Pulisic move

Newcastle United could well be open to making a move for Chelsea forward, Christian Pulisic, with the United States international seemingly set for an exit from Stamford Bridge in January.

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According to recent reports, the Magpies – as well as fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester United – are believed to be in the race for the 24-year-old’s signature, with the playmaker facing an uncertain future in west London with just 18 months remaining on his existing deal.

The former Borussia Dortmund man had seemingly been keen on a departure from the Blues over the summer after falling out of favour at his current side, with the Tynesiders named as one of the clubs who were interested in his services at the time.

According to transfer insider Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – sporting director Dan Ashworth could well look to revive that interest in the New Year, with the St James’ Park outfit believed to be “willing” to land the wantaway star.

The respected source stated: “He is still someone that they’d be willing to consider. I think he does fit with where they’re headed in terms of recruitment.

“He wouldn’t be considered as a superstar coming in and that’s important. I think he would be a good fit for the style of play too.”

World Cup ‘hero’

Although it has proven a difficult spell in the capital of late for Pulisic – having made just five starts in all competitions this season for Graham Potter’s side – the Hershey-born sensation has showcased his class on the World Cup stage in recent weeks, helping to drag his country into the knockout stages.

The fleet-footed “magician” – as described by writer Al Butler – has seemingly carried the weight of a nation on his shoulders at times due to his talismanic status, although “Captain America“, as he is affectionately known, has risen to that challenge.

While Gregg Berhalter’s side did crash out in the round of 16 stage following the defeat to the Netherlands at the weekend, the 5 foot 10 ace still showed his class after registering an assist to spark momentary hope of a remarkable comeback.

Prior to that, the electric ace had also scored once and laid on one assist during the group stage to help his nation secure progression, notably showing real bravery to score a vital winner against Iran on matchday three.

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Lauded as a “hero” as a result of that impact by journalist Daniel Propper, the £150k-per-week man showcased his creative spark in all four games in Qatar having averaged an impressive 2.3 key passes per game, while also ranking joint-fifth alongside Lionel Messi for most chance-creating carries (4).

A player who seemingly welcomes the pressure of the big occasion, Pulisic could be that extra sprinkling of quality that Newcastle may well be in need of in their quest to secure a top-four berth, with Ashworth simply needing to get a deal over the line sooner rather than later.