Newcastle are reportedly eyeing a January move for Sebastien Haller, and the 24-year-old could be everything Salomon Rondon was supposed to be and so much more.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Eintracht Frankfurt want up to €30million (£26m) for Haller.
Newcastle and Tottenham are the two teams mentioned in the report, and the Northern Echo recently claimed Haller is Rafael Benitez’s number one January target.
While fans may not be too optimistic about the chances Mike Ashley splashing out £26m on a new signing, the Magpies would distance themselves from the relegation scrap if they can get the deal done.
Haller was scoring goals for fun between 2015 and 2017, but no one really noticed because it was in the Eredivisie. He scored 45 times in 73 league appearances for Utrecht, but is now proving he can perform in one of Europe’s “big five” leagues as well.
Since moving to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2017, he has gone from strength to strength, and his form this season is nothing short of remarkable.
The 6ft 3in Frenchman has scored nine goals and provided seven assists already this season, which means he has contributed to more than twice as many goals as the Magpies have scored in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old also scored 13 times in 20 appearances for the French Under-21 side, though he is yet to earn a senior cap.
It’s not hard to see why Benitez wants Haller, as he will both score goals and make chances for a Newcastle side that is crying out for a creative spark.
He is winning an incredible 5.3 aerial duels per game this season, while also making 1.4 key passes per game and completing 0.9 dribbles per game.
To put those numbers in perspective, Rondon averages 3.5 aerial wins, 0.2 key passes and 0.3 successful dribbles.
If Ashley is serious about helping Benitez pull the club away from the relegation zone, then breaking the club transfer record for Haller is an absolute no-brainer.
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