Newcastle look to gut relegated Leeds with star Whites quartet on Eddie Howe’s radar for summer

Ciaran McCarthy
Robin Koch, Tyler Adams, Leeds United, October 2022

Newcastle United are reportedly keeping an eye on four Leeds United players this summer, following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Whites’ season was a very disappointing one. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, they’d have hoped to steer themselves clear of the drop this campaign.

There was promise that could happen given the business that was done in the transfer windows. Indeed, the West Yorkshire outfit spent more than £120million on new talent between the summer and winter windows.

That included exciting prospects such as Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams. However, the Whites’ season ended in a worse state than the previous – in relegation.

As such, some new stars and some who were already at the club could potentially be heading for the exit door. Newcastle are looking to prey on the relegation, as they are keen on four Leeds players following their relegation, as per 90min.

The first two are American midfield due Aaronson and Adams, who only joined last summer. The latter is attracting a lot of attention since the drop, with Newcastle joining the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea in targeting him.

Jack Harrison is also on the Magpies’ radar. He’s also been targeted by Villa, and will likely be on the radar of a lot more sides, due to a relegation clause which means he’ll be available for a cut-price fee.

It’s no surprise Newcastle are interested, having entered talks with him last year, though they were unable to snare him.

The final member of the Leeds quartet wanted by Eddie Howe is Robin Koch. The Magpies are reportedly ‘impressed by the versatility offered’ by the defender, given he can play either as a centre-back or holding midfielder.

With Newcastle making their foray into Champions League football again this season, having versatile players seems very useful. Indeed, it will give them options in more positions than someone who can play just one position would.

That’s particularly useful when playing multiple games in a week.

It’s unclear how much they’d be willing to pay for any of those players. However, Howe could certainly integrate any of them into his side and turn them into useful assets for his project.

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