An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in signing Youssoufa Moukoko at the end of the current campaign…
SPORT1 journalist Patrick Berger has revealed that the Magpies are one of a number of teams showing an interest in signing the young attacker, who is out of contract in the summer.
The reporter has claimed that the Toon Army have made an offer to sign the gem and are willing to pay a £26m signing-on fee in order to beat off competition from other clubs, with Dan Ashworth looking to secure his services.
However, the striker’s priority appears to be signing a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund, instead of departing in July, and that could make a deal difficult to get over the line.
Berger Tweeted: “Newcastle Utd among clubs interested in Youssoufa Moukoko, as @NizaarKinsella reported. Been told they made a verbal approach: €9m salary & around €30m signing fee! The player’s wish is actually to stay in Dortmund. Talks again with #BVB these days to find quick solution.”
Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth could land a dream heir to Callum Wilson’s position at St. James’ Park by convincing Moukoko to quit Dortmund in the coming months.
If Newcastle can tempt him into making the switch to the Magpies then he would arrive as a terrific long-term investment by the club with a view to him replacing the English number nine in the years to come.
Wilson turns 31 next month but has been a reliable performer for the club since he arrived from Bournemouth in the summer of 2020. He has scored 27 goals in 61 appearances in all competitions to date and this means that he is close to averaging a goal every other match for the side.
Whereas, Moukoko, who has been dubbed “raw” by journalist Josh Bunting, is at the opposite end of his career at the age of 18 and is a player Howe could work with over an extended period of time. The Magpies boss could help the gem to fulfill the potential that he has showcased in recent years in Germany.
The teenage gem, who was hailed as the “hero” of a match against Bayern Munich by talent scout Jacek Kulig, has produced six goals and four assists in 14 Bundesliga outings this season and these statistics indicate that he could also make an impact at Newcastle in the short term.
Moukoko could come in and learn from Wilson and Alexander Isak before taking over from the former as he gains more experience and starts to make a real name for himself in the professional game, which is why he could be an excellent addition.