According to talkSPORT, Newcastle are preparing to trigger the £17.5m release clause of Burnley forward Cornet this summer.
As per the report, Eddie Howe is looking to strengthen his front line ahead of the new season and has identified the striker as a target, but Everton are also keen to sign Cornet too, whilst Nottingham Forest failed to agree on personal terms.
The Magpies have already added three new faces to their squad this summer, but they remain on the lookout for a star striker, and with Cornet effective when deployed at centre-forward – he is capable of offering a great deal to Howe if the Magpies can seal a deal for the player.
Cornet has tonnes of experience playing across the front three, in left midfield and at left-back – giving the Newcastle manager the opportunity to sign a player with great versatility as well as the quality needed in each position to be reliable.
The £44k-per-week Ivorian sensation had a fantastic debut season in English football, scoring nine goals and delivering one assist – finishing the season as the top goalscorer for the Clarets – but it wasn’t enough to stop the side from being relegated on the final day.
Despite a difficult relegation battle, it didn’t stop Cornet from drawing high praise for his performances, with his former team-mate Nick Pope hailing the forward “quality” and journalist Alex James even claiming Cornet was “the best summer signing” last season.
Howe could even form a formidable attacking partnership between Callum Wilson and Cornet next season, combining the Burnley star’s eye for a goal-scoring opportunity and Wilson’s hunger for goals, a duo that could be an absolute nightmare for their opponents this season.
With that being said, the signing of Cornet could well prove to be one the Magpies’ best addition this summer, however, they will need to put in their offer soon with Everton and Nottingham Forest also keeping an eye on the player.