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Newcastle United interested in Millwall Jed Wallace

Newcastle United are interested in signing Millwall star Jed Wallace amid his contract uncertainty with the Championship club.

What’s the story?

According to Football League World, the Magpies are among a number of clubs interested in signing the attacking midfielder in January, with his contract set to expire at The Den in the summer.

The report adds that a new contract offer is on the table for the 27-year-old, although there is an intense battle to land his signature, with Newcastle joined by the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brentford among others in being interested in him.

He’s better than Almiron

In Wallace, Steve Bruce could sign a goal-scoring midfielder who also has the creativity to set up his teammates – essentially everything the Magpies probably thought they were getting when they signed Miguel Almiron.

The Paraguay international has flattered to deceive at St James’ Park, and that hasn’t been for a case of not trying. The former Atlanta United ace has managed just 13 goals in 95 games for the club, and only provided a further five assists – a paltry record for someone who either plays off the striker or out wide for the majority of the time.

While of course playing in a division lower, Wallace has proven himself to be a much bigger goal threat. Already this season he has bagged three goals and one assist in just five Championship games, while the previous campaign saw him rack up ten goals and seven assists in the league alone.

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett has previously dubbed his talisman as being “instrumental”, saying: “It seems Jed Wallace is instrumental in everything we achieve at the moment. His recent stats are unbelievable.”

Speaking after an inspired performance against Blackpool, the Lions boss added: “Jed once again – I’ve spoked there to Jed and Muzza and said after the last two games I’m just going to go and try and sign anyone called Wallace in the last three days, anybody, doesn’t matter – because certainly Jed today was a game changer. It’s simple.

“You look to your big players to come up with those moments and he’s done it so often. It’s a wonderful, wonderful free-kick. Under pressure.”

As per WhoScored, Wallace averages more shots, key passes and dribbles per game than the Newcastle man both this season and last, and given that he’s actually just a month older than Almiron – both of them are 27 – he could come in and hit the ground running at St James’ Park.

The Magpies must surely be all over a move for the £6.3m-rated Wallace.

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