Newcastle face a major transfer battle in the race to sign Leicester City star Hamza Choudhury, with Norwich City now said to be interested.
Reports in recent days have suggested that the Magpies are involved in a tussle with the Canaries over Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, and it now appears they are set to do the same over Choudhury.
According to Football League World, Daniel Farke’s side have made signing a new holding midfielder a priority, and are lining up Newcastle target Choudhury as a potential option.
With Steve Bruce openly admitting that he will do everything to try and sign man of the moment Joe Willock on a permanent deal in the summer, the Magpies could find a perfect midfield partner for him in Choudhury.
Despite not being a regular starter at the King Power Stadium, Choudhury has shown his quality in glimpses, with Gary Lineker even hailing him as an “extremely talented young player”.
In fact, former coach Steve Walsh once even tipped him to make his mark at international level with England in an exclusive interview with FFC.
He said: “Yes, he can (get into the England side). Hamza has come through the academy, and it’s great to see homegrown players. He’s a player with great tenacity, he reads the game well, and he’s an up and coming star for Leicester. He’s threatening to start every game at the moment so again it’s a good option for Brendan Rodgers.”
With Willock showing his credentials as a real goal threat as a box-to-box midfielder in recent weeks, having a defensively-minded player next to him like a Choudhury could really open the game for the current Arsenal loanee.
As per Whoscored, in his real stand-out campaign for the Foxes during the 2018/2019 season, the £60k-a-week earning ace averaged a whopping 2.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game in the Premier League – the kind of tough-tackling midfielder that Willock could thrive alongside.
If you compare those stats to Newcastle’s current squad right now, nobody comes even close to matching the number of tackles, while only Isaac Hayden is above him for interceptions, and that’s only marginally at 1.8.
A midfield duo of Choudhury and Willock could bring a real breath of fresh air at St James’ Park.