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In Focus: Newcastle target Sam Clucas could prove to be a key signing

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are one of four Premier League clubs targeting a move for £10m-rated Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Magpies, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley have all enquired about the  26-year-old’s availability following the Tigers’ relegation from the Premier League last season, according to the Daily Mail.

The report adds that the Championship outfit would be willing to accept a fee of between £8m-£10m for the midfielder, who is on a shortlist of potential targets for Toon manager Rafa Benitez.

How did he do last season?

Despite the relegation back to the Championship after just one difficult season in the top flight, Clucas was one of Hull’s stand-out performers throughout the campaign and he won the Club’s Player of the Season award.

The 26-year-old scored three goals and provided one assist in 37 Premier League appearances last season, and he featured in number of different positions including central midfield, defensive midfield, left midfield and even at left back.

He showed his effectiveness in the middle of the park by making 73 clearances and 52 interceptions in the league last term, while he showed his ability on the ball by successfully completing 29 of the 40 take-ons he attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He certainly could be.

The Daily Mail suggests that England manager Gareth Southgate was so impressed with the 26-year-old that he sent scouts to watch him on a number of occasions last season with a view to receiving a call up to the Three Lions’ squad.

Benitez certainly needs more depth in the middle of the park and if he can get a player with recent Premier League experience – like Clucas – for £10m or less, it would be a bit of a no-brainer deal considering some of the price tags being bandied about this summer.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, the fact that Clucas was so impressive last season is the reason four Premier League clubs are interested in him this summer, and his potential and price tag mean that Newcastle must try and win the race for his signature this summer.

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