According to Football Insider, the Magpies have ‘set their sights’ on the 21-year-old ahead of a potential January move, with manager Eddie Howe said to be an ‘admirer’ of the explosive youngster.
The report suggests that the Tynesiders will be seeking a new attacking addition in the winter window, despite having only recently completed the club-record capture of Sweden international, Alexander Isak.
The player himself has only recently suggested that it would be a “dream” to make the move to England, although any suitor is likely to have to fork out more than €50m (£43m) if they are to reach an agreement.
That may appear a hefty fee for a player who remains relatively inexperienced at senior level – having made just 52 club career appearances to date – although all the recent evidence points to a player who could well go from strength to strength as the years’ progress.
Having come through the youth system at Shakhtar, the five-cap menace has gone on to lay on 12 assists and register four goals in just 31 appearances in all competitions, having also spent time on loan at Desna Chernihiv and Arsenal Kyiv.
The 5 foot 9 speedster has notably made a fine start to the current campaign having laid on five goal contributions in as many games in all competitions thus far, having seeming been unaffected by the rampant speculation regarding his future.
The dynamic forward has notably been “on fire” in the Champions League in the group stage so far – in the words of talent scout Jacek Kulig – scoring twice and laying on two assists in the opening two games.
Shakhtar’s most recent meeting with an in-form Celtic side saw Mudryk net a stunning goal on the counter to help secure a 1-1 draw, with the youngster tearing away from Josip Juranovic before lashing an effort past a helpless Joe Hart.
Such clinical, devastating brilliance off the left flank has also seen the £13.5m-rated ace likened to Brazilian icon Neymar, with it no doubt a real testament of his quality that he has been compared to a player who has registered 286 goals and 178 assists in what has been a stellar career to date for the 30-year-old.
With Newcastle having previously been linked with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, the northeast side could well find a more attainable alternative in the form of Mudryk, with the emerging talent set to help bolster Howe’s current forward options.