According to 90min journalist Graeme Bailey, both Eddie Howe and sporting director Dan Ashworth are huge admirers of the Brighton and Hove Albion winger.
Bailey claimed on the Talking Transfers podcast:
“In terms of one of their homegrown talents, Solly March. He has 18 months left on his deal. He is arguably Roberto De Zerbi’s favourite player. He has gone up a level. Brighton are aware of this, they know there is some interest. Dan Ashworth likes him at Newcastle, Eddie Howe loves him, he’s that sort of character isn’t he, he’s exactly the sort of player you could see under Eddie Howe. And he’s also on the radar of Gareth Southgate.”
Howe will be thrilled with the phenomenal form his Newcastle team has displayed over the campaign so far and will surely be hoping that they can continue to dominate over the second half of the season.
The Magpies are currently third in the Premier League table after losing just one game so far over 19 outings and also recently qualified for the Carabao Cup semi-finals where they will face Southampton to fight for their place in the final at Wembley next month.
Alongside the opportunity of a trophy this season, Howe will be hoping to turn the St James’ Park faithful’s dreams into a reality by qualifying for the Champions League too at the end of the campaign and if they can continue to perform at the level they have so far, it is something they will be able to achieve comfortably.
The Tyneside club could now take the golden opportunity to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window to give the team the final push in bringing European football and a trophy to St James’ Park.
The signing of March would certainly add some depth and quality to the attacking threat in the team as the £40k-per-week winger is currently in great form for Brighton.
Over 18 Premier League appearances, the Brighton ace – who was hailed “exceptional” by Ryan Taylor – has scored four goals and registered four assists. That just so happens to be a career-best haul in both metrics for the talented flanker.
Furthermore, he created six big chances this term, as well as averaging 2.1 shots on goal, 1.4 key passes and 1.3 successful dribbles per match. His work ethic is also impressive with March’s defensive stats weighing up well having made 1.4 tackles, 1.1 clearances, and won 5.5 duels per game.
With that in mind, Howe could well form a fantastic attacking partnership between March and striker Alexander Isak
Indeed, the wide-forward has proven over this campaign that not only is he capable of finding the back of the net himself, but he is consistent in providing opportunities for his teammates, something that will undoubtedly benefit Newcastle’s Swedish phenomenon.
He has returned from injury with a bang of late, scoring in the recent win over Fulham and could do with some extra help in behind.
He’d certainly get that from March who has proven himself to be extremely creative while capable of winning the ball back in dangerous positions. Thus, it could make the pair a combined nightmare for defenders.
If the powerbrokers at St James’ Park could acquire the services of the Seagulls attacker this month it would be a major coup for the club and could be the perfect addition to make this Newcastle team even more difficult to play against over the remainder of the season.