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Newcastle: Howe can land his own Lewandowski with Marcus Thuram move

Newcastle United have been rebuilding their squad over the last 12 months and to say it has paid off is an understatement considering they are third in the Premier League. Now they could be about to add more talent in the January transfer window.

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According to TuttoJuve, Newcastle are preparing an €11.5m (£9.8m) bid for Borussia Mönchengladbach and France striker Marcus Thuram.

As per the report, Thuram will be out of contract in the summer of 2023 so the Magpies may be able to make a cut-price swoop for the forward in January ahead of him leaving his German side as a free agent at the end of the season.

Howe can land his own Lewandowski

Newcastle are fully stacked in the striker role at present with Callum Wilson, Chris Wood and newcomer Alexander Isak competing for the spot at St James’ Park. However, there is no denying that Thuram would strengthen the role and comfortably add even more competition in the front line.

Over 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, the 25-year-old has scored ten goals, registered three assists and created three big chances, proving to be a constant threat in the opposition penalty area.

Not only that, Thuram ranks in the top 10% of his positional peers across Europe’s big five leagues for total shots, dribbles completed, touches and interceptions, as well as ranking in the top 20% for shot-creating actions.

Howe could even land his very own Robert Lewandowski as the Barcelona striker is the third most comparable player to the Frenchman according to FBref, with the pair sharing many similarities in their outputs over this season.

The Barcelona goal machine and Thuram come close in several attributes, with both players appearing to be very well-rounded assets.

They are similar for assists (3 v 4), shots on target (53.6% v 56%), shot-creating actions (39 v 40), dribbles completed (50% v 50%) and progressive passes received (85 v 87).

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In fact, the talented Monchengladbach ace – who was dubbed “world-class” by Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer – has been linked with a move to Lewandowski’s former club as a potential replacement for the striker, interest that Newcastle will need to fend off if they want to secure Thuram’s signature in January.

With that being said, the signing of Thuram would be a big addition for Newcastle if they intend to strengthen their striker role even further and could be an absolute bargain if they could seal the deal with the bid proposed.