An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United’s pursuit of Manchester United centre-forward Anthony Martial…
Daily Mail reporter Craig Hope has issued a key claim on the situation, providing some hope that a deal can be done this month.
He tweeted: “Re Anthony Martial & NUFC… Man Utd say reluctant to let players go (for now) because of Covid, but I’m told Newcastle are monitoring situation. Martial perhaps wasn’t type high on list pre January, but Wilson injury has changed thinking & increased urgency. One to watch.”
Newcastle fans will surely be excited with this update for multiple reasons. Firstly. it shows that PIF are not willing to take a gamble with Wilson by simply waiting for him to return from his lengthy injury. He is the club’s top scorer and losing his quality for any period of time is a huge blow for the Magpies, which is why fans will be buzzing with any attempts to bring in a new striker.
Wilson has scored six Premier League goals this season and Allan Saint-Maximin (four) is the only other player at the club with more than one to his name in 2021/22. This shows the worrying lack of quality at the top end of the pitch when it comes to taking chances, so the prospective signing of Martial could excite the Toon Army.
The Frenchman is a proven scorer in the English top flight and could come in to score the goals to help Newcastle avoid relegation to the Championship. He has found the back of the net 56 times for Manchester United in the Premier League, with four seasons of scoring nine or more goals in the division. In 268 games for the Red Devils in all competitions, he has netted 79 goals and provided 50 assists, showing that he can certainly make an impact in the final third.
This suggests that Martial could come in and be the focal point up top for the Magpies whilst Wilson is sidelined, before potentially partnering the 29-year-old upon his return. Newcastle fans could get excited by this prospect given the pair’s respective goalscoring records, as they could form a lethal partnership to provide match-winning quantities of goals in the team’s battle to avoid Premier League relegation.
It is now over to Nick Hammond and Eddie Howe to ensure that they can get a deal over the line for the French attacker before the end of the month…