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Newcastle: Insider claims the Toon are in the race for Hakim Ziyech

Newcastle United are the club to look out for this month in the race to potentially sign the 29-year-old Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech.

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There have been reports suggesting the Toon are keeping an eye on a trio of potential Chelsea signings this month with Ziyech being one alongside Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

However, it seems they are not the only club that could offer the 29-year-old, Ziyech, a potential landing spot in the final week of the window.

Indeed, it has been claimed that struggling Everton are showing a growing interest in bolstering their squad for their new manager with the experienced Moroccan.

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But speaking on his Ranks FC Patreon show, insider Dean Jones has claimed the Magpies are the club to watch out for in the race for Ziyech:

“Look out for Newcastle here on their lookout for another attacker. They are definitely in the conversation to sign Ziyech.

“I’m not 100% sure they’ll go ahead with the offer because they’re also looking at a couple of others including Anthony Gordon.”

Howe adding experience

The Toon have not been drawn into making any big moves this month despite seeing some of their rivals at the top end bring in some new faces.

In fact, Dan Ashworth is yet to bring any new players in this month with the only arrival Garang Kuol who signed months ago from Australia.

However, the transfer links involving Newcastle have often hinted at the Toon adding young prospects for the future like Ivan Fresneda and Matheus Franca.

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But in Ziyech, Newcastle could be potentially looking to add a player of real pedigree with 39 appearances in the Champions League under his belt.

It is apparent he is not enjoying his best run of form at Stamford Bridge but the lack of consistent game time will not help his case in rediscovering his Ajax form.

Eddie Howe, though, has already proven this season he is capable of extracting the best out of struggling forward players with Miguel Almiron the prime example of this.

And compared to Almiron, Ziyech would surely offer Howe a more developed starting point to work with having 260 goal involvements to his name across his career (via Transfermarkt).

His time at Chelsea has been a major struggle for Ziyech, but looking back to his best spell at Ajax in the 2018/19 campaign, Ziyech played most of his football from a right-wing or attacking midfield role.

Given Almiron is shining from the right-wing role, it would be interesting to see where Ziyech may slot into Howe’s system but he is certainly a player that would arrive on Tyneside with a lot of experience of playing for a Champions League side.