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Newcastle target Cody Gakpo as solution to attacking problems

Newcastle have expanded their transfer search by targeting PSV’s Cody Gakpo, according to French outlet Foot Mercato.

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The Magpies have been keen to add a forward player this month as Steve Bruce acknowledged it was on his list of priorities, along with a new striker and midfielder.

Ademola Lookman has been targeted but the club has been dealt a setback with RB Leipzig seemingly unwilling to entertain offers similar to what they paid six months ago – £22.5m.

As a result, it is being reported that Newcastle have turned their attention to Gakpo, who is also wanted by Lyon and Stade Rennais.

That could make things tricky for the north-east outfit, and possibly cause his asking price of €10m (£8.5m) to rise, if PSV choose to play each club off of each other.

Alternative to Lookman

Newcastle are currently well-stocked on the flanks with Miguel Almiron finding form having scored three goals in three games.

Allan Saint-Maximin may still be currently sidelined but he has dazzled with 4.5 dribbles per game and therefore the young Gakpo could struggle to displace either player in the team.

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However, he could fulfil the role of striker, and even if Bruce decides to continue with Joelinton after his goal against Rochdale the 20-year-old may be willing to act as a valuable back-up option.

That is one reason why he may be a better option for the Magpies than Lookman, as the Leipzig man was previously desperate to move away from Everton due to a lack of game time – making only 14 starts for the Toffees in three years.

Added to that, at an estimated £8.5m Gakpo would be a much cheaper alternative yet he is currently in better form, providing 13 goal contributions for the Dutch outfit this campaign, whereas Lookman is without a goal or assist this term – though he has only featured four times.

Gakpo, therefore, is likely playing with greater confidence, and that is what has made Newcastle’s wide players flourish so far, as well as what the team will need if they are to stave off the threat of relegation.

In other transfer news, Newcastle fans should start to feel excitement at the news that another big deal has taken a positive development

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