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Newcastle considering Weston McKennie deal

An update has emerged on Newcastle’s transfer plans, regarding Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie…

What’s the talk?

According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are eyeing up a potential swoop for the USA international as Eddie Howe plots his targets ahead of the January transfer window.

The report claims that the Italian giants are open to allowing him to leave on loan, which could allow Newcastle to snap him up for the second half of the season.

Would McKennie be a good signing?





New Lewis Cook

Howe managed a number of talented players at Bournemouth and one of them was midfielder Lewis Cook, who was previously named in one of Gareth Southgate’s England squads under the 43-year-old’s management.

In McKennie, he could find his new Cook at the base of his midfield. The 23-year-old has played ten games in the Serie A this season, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.74, showing the experience that he already has under his belt at the top level. Howe could look to unlock his full potential, given his young age, and mould him into his new midfield sensation.

Former Schalke coach David Wagner lauded the gem’s ability to play in the number six or eight roles in the midfield. He said:

“He’s an outstanding talent. In the No.6 or No.8 position he has the mentality, a real working mentality that you need. And he’s brave on the ball as well.

“He’s also very good in the air and he’s young, so there is a lot more to come but we’re very happy to have him in our team.”

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Wagner mentioned McKennie’s hard-working attitude and Howe once lauded Cook’s work rate for the Cherries. He said:

“He was hugely impressive. He’s missed a lot of football but he has done everything right in his recovery. He has put the yards in. I’ve never seen a player run as much as he has.”

This shows how similar the £37k-per-week Juventus beast is to Howe’s midfield protege at the Vitality Stadium, with their ability to play in the deep-lying anchor role whilst working their socks off for their respective sides.

That is why Howe would love to have McKennie in his squad for the second half of the campaign, which is why PIF must now ensure that they can get a deal over the line for him.

AND in other news, Howe could land dream NUFC signing in £91k-p/w dynamo who “dominates the game”…

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