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Newcastle: Eddie Howe interested in Hirving Lozano

Newcastle United are interested in a deal to bring Hirving Lozano to the Premier League.

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That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), who claim that both Newcastle and Arsenal are ‘courting’ the SSC Napoli right-winger ahead of lunching a potential offer to the 27-year-old at the end of the current campaign – when his current deal at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is set to expire.

The report goes on to state that a number of clubs in the Bundesliga have also made their interest known to the Mexico international, however, Lozano is said to have ‘repeatedly expressed in the past the desire’ to play in the Premier League.

“Huge signing”

Considering just how impressive Lozano has been for Napoli this season, it is not difficult to understand why Eddie Howe would be interested in a deal to bring the forward to St. James’ Park this summer – especially on a free transfer.

Indeed, over his 15 Serie A appearances in 2022/23, the £25m-rated talent has been in fantastic form going forwards, having already scored three goals, registered three assists and created three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking a seriously impressive average of 1.8 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.

These returns have seen the £87k-per-week talent average an eye-catching Sofascore match rating of 6.96, currently ranking him as Luciano Spalletti’s 13th-best best performer in the top flight of Italian football – playing a key role in his side’s fantastic start to the current campaign.

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The 27-year-old has also impressed over his five appearances in the Champions League this term, scoring one goal and creating one big chance, as well as taking an average of 1.6 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 0.6 dribbles per match – once again playing a crucial role in the Gli Azzurri’s progression to the knockout stages of the competition.

As such, it is clear that the winger possesses an incredible amount of danger in the final third with a host of destructive attributes just waiting to terrorise Premier League defences.

Couple that with the Champions League experience the Mexican “sensation” – in the words of journalist Bolarinwa Olajide – would add to Howe’s squad, should the Magpies manage to fight off the competition for the flanker’s signature next summer, it would very much be a “huge signing” for the club – a phrase that was used upon his move to Napoli too.