A claim has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Victor Osimhen in the summer transfer window…
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has revealed that the Magpies have been eyeing the Serie A goalscorer for a number of weeks, since the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Although, the reporter has also claimed that Napoli’s valuation of the centre-forward could prove to be a stumbling block for Dan Ashworth.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m sure he’s been on their radar for most of the summer, it’s just the issue probably is the price tag that’s on his head from Napoli.
“Napoli are demanding big, big money for him, so even with Newcastle’s riches, I don’t think they could get near that transfer fee for him right now. It’s probably £80 million-plus for the Nigerian international.”
Despite the doubts over whether or not Newcastle can afford to sign Osimhen, the Toon head coach and supporters alike will be excited by this news.
Firstly, Howe will be buzzing with the prospect of working with the 23-year-old next season. If the Magpies can haggle Napoli down to an agreeable price then he would be an exceptional addition to the squad to bolster the attack.
In the Serie A last term, the Nigerian striker scored 14 times and provided two assists in 23 starts – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.13. He delivered quality performances on a consistent basis and proved that he can score goals at an impressive rate in a major European league.
Meanwhile, no Newcastle player scored more than eight Premier League goals and only one – Callum Wilson – scored more than five. This suggests that Osimhen would provide a huge, much-needed, boost in front of goal for the Magpies with his ability to find the back of the net.
Therefore, Howe would love to have the attacker in his squad and will be hoping that this interest leads to a deal later in the window for a player who Emmet Gates hailed as “frightening.”
Supporters will also be delighted with this news because it highlights the standard of strikers the club are pursuing. Osimhen is a young, proven, goalscorer and him being on their radar suggests that they have set a high bar in terms of the number nines they are looking at as potential signings.
This suggests that they are ready to splash out on a player who can score goals on a regular basis, instead of taking a gamble on an unproven forward, and the manager will be excited to see who comes in.