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·28 September 2022

Newcastle: £43m 'leader' now 'what Howe wants' at St James' Park

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Newcastle United making a move for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez is something to look out for, claims transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Mexican is thought to be on the Magpies’ radar, and Jones thinks he would be a good fit for Eddie Howe’s side.

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What is the latest news involving Alvarez?

According to The Athletic, Alvarez has been tracked by Newcastle’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson.

Should the Tyneside club go in for him in January, though, they could face fierce competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

They tried to sign Alvarez at the end of the last transfer window but failed in their attempts with Ajax refusing to sanction a late sale.

It will now be interesting to see what happens in January, with the 24-year-old clearly having his admirers.

What has Jones said about Alvarez and Newcastle?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Alvarez to Newcastle is one to keep an eye on.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “They do continue to look for somebody that’d be a good fit for this team, and I think Edson Alvarez could be a good one. His football IQ would probably fit with what Eddie Howe wants. It’s probably one to look out for.”

Would Alvarez be a good signing for Newcastle?

Yes. The Mexico international would bring some more security to this Newcastle side.

As per FBref, he has ranked in the 99th percentile for clearances and the 96th for aerials won among midfielders over the last year.

Speaking recently about Alvarez, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder told TNT Sports (via American Chronicles): “Edson is not the captain, but to me he is playing like one on the field. He is a true leader on the pitch. He is a winner and he is getting better.

“He is also very good with the ball and with the way he plays. Defensively he is tactically very good. He intercepts a lot of balls, he is good in the areas and even scores goals.”

Ultimately, if Newcastle manage to lure Alvarez to St James’ Park, it would be a real coup for the Tyneside club.

In terms of how much he could cost, Chelsea put in a £43m bid during the summer transfer window. It, of course, proved to be unsuccessful, though that could have easily been down to the timing of that offer rather than Ajax deeming it as too low, so it would not be a shock if a similar proposal was accepted next time around.

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