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·30 September 2022

Newcastle: Ashworth now 'targeting two positions' at St James' Park

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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe and sporting director Dan Ashworth will look to sign an attacking midfielder and a winger in the next transfer window, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Tyneside club did chase the likes of Leicester City’s James Maddison and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic during the summer but were unsuccessful in their pursuits in the end.

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What is the latest news involving Maddison and Newcastle?

Multiple outlets, including The Guardian, claimed that Newcastle had a couple of bids for Maddison turned down when the transfer market was still open, with one said to have been worth £50m.

However, it does not look like the Magpies have given up. According to 90min, they remain keen on the attacking midfielder, while the same outlet has stated that there is also interest in his Leicester team-mate Youri Tielemans.

Like Maddison, Pulisic was another attacking target for Newcastle during the summer transfer window.

As per The Telegraph, the Premier League outfit wanted to sign the American winger but were unable to get him out of Chelsea.

What has O’Rourke said about Newcastle?

After failing to sign Maddison, O’Rourke expects Howe and Ashworth to go back in for a No.10 as well as a winger.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “They were interested in James Maddison, but Leicester turned down a couple of bids, so I think those two positions [attacking midfielder and winger] are probably the next two Dan Ashworth will be looking at.”

Should Newcastle make a fresh move for Maddison in January?

Yes. If Howe desperately wants to sign a new No.10, then it makes sense to continue targeting Maddison.

Last season, the 25-year-old scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in the Premier League for Leicester, so he could bring a lot to Newcastle in attack.

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Speaking about Maddison at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, his manager Brendan Rodgers said: “I saw some highlights, talking about KDB [Kevin De Bruyne] scoring 18 goals. He’s playing in a top team. James has had to work for every goal; he’s not had any penalties.

“He’s been outstanding. We talked through his game and the level of intensity he adds. He elevates the team. To do it in the Premier League as a midfield player, he has shown he is one of the top players at this level.”

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