Newcastle United have a number of irons in the fire this summer as they look to add to their options in attacking positions, according to reports.
The Magpies have strengthened in defensive positions in the transfer market with Matt Targett, who was on loan last season, joining permanently from Aston Villa, while Sven Botman and Nick Pope have also arrived at the club.
Despite many supporters expecting extravagant purchases following their 2021 takeover, Newcastle were sensible with their money in January and appear to be doing the same type of business this summer.
Newcastle are unwilling to pay silly money for any of their targets and The Athletic has named five players on their radar with a month of the transfer window to go.
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is ‘the latest name added to a growing list of players they have either made an offer for or enquired about, without a signing being made’.
The Foxes apparently want £60m for their attacking midfielder after the Geordies made a £40m bid for the England international over the weekend.
As well as Maddison, The Athletic claim that Newcastle still have an eye on Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet, Leeds United’s Jack Harrison, Leicester’s Harvey Barnes and Chelsea’s Timo Werner.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admits that as much as he wanted to get all his signings in before the start of the season, it was “never going to happen”.
When asked if the next transfer deal would be the hardest for Newcastle, Howe replied: “You are trying to lead me with your question, but it is a good question. Yes.
“We are now going into an area where we are still looking. We want to improve the squad. We are really pleased with what we have done but we know we have got more to do. But it has got to be the right one, in the right position. So it is not simple.”
Howe added: “When you look at how our squad is built, it is not a simple puzzle to solve. We are trying to do that as much as we can. We are working very, very hard. If I am not here talking to you or taking training and I am working on recruitment.
“A lot of work has gone into it, but it is hopefully going to be worth it because, as you say, the next move is probably one of the most important I will make.”
On why he wanted players through the door before now, Howe continued: “The ideal is to have all of your signings in before the start of pre-season. The reality is, particularly because of the length of the window, that was never going to happen.
“So to have three players in, and they’ve all settled really well, I am delighted. They have all settled in well and these trips are really good for them.
“This is where they really get to know each other behind-the-scenes. They have been exposed to the fundamental principles of our work. I think you start from a base of simple work and then you develop from there.”