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PIF may very well be outbid by simply £1.7m for Newcastle goal Robin Le Normand

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Newcastle United have suffered a blow with the information that they may very well be outbid by simply £1.7m for the signing of a defensive switch goal this summer time.

Newcastle in want of defensive reinforcements

Eddie Howe should surprise what he is executed to undergo such damage woes inside his squad this season, with so many health points taking part in a component of their struggles within the Premier League, definitely in comparison with final yr’s brilliance within the competitors.

The guts of Newcastle’s defence has been a significant challenge for a lot of the marketing campaign, with Sven Botman their most necessary participant in that space of the pitch, however lacking huge chunks of motion. The Dutchman’s season is over after struggling ACL injury just lately, and he may even wrestle to return earlier than the top of the yr.

Precisely the identical applies to Jamaal Lascelles, who was compelled off in final weekend’s 4-3 win at house to West Ham, and it will likely be a while earlier than he’s again on the pitch. It leaves Howe with a dearth of choices at centre-back between now and Might, and even past the summer time, highlighting the significance of bringing in reinforcements.

Sporting CP stars Goncalo Inacio and Ousmane Diomande have emerged as two standout choices for Newcastle in the summertime, with the pair each highly-rated younger centre-backs with huge futures.

It does look as if they’ve suffered a setback of their pursuit of 1 defender, nonetheless, following a brand new replace.

Newcastle undergo Robin Le Normand blow

In accordance with Mundo Deportivo [via Sport Witness], Newcastle are fascinated with signing Robin Le Normand from Actual Sociedad, however may very well be outbid by Napoli.

The centre-back is seen as a goal for the Magpies, however the reigning Serie A champions are keen to pay €32m (£27.4m) in comparison with Newcastle’s anticipated try at €30m (£25.7m), doubtlessly harming their probabilities of snapping him up.

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Le Normand has a £51.4m launch clause in his present deal, however Sociedad do appear open to barter that price down a bit. Lacking out on the 27-year-old could be disappointing for Newcastle, particularly by such a tremendous margin, however there’s at all times the hope that the enchantment of the Premier League finally ends up working of their favour.

Le Normand vs. Inacio vs. Diomande this season (league)

Le Normand

Inacio

Diomande

Appearances

23

24

20

Begins

22

20

20

Aerial duel wins per recreation

4

1.6

1.7

Tackles per recreation

1.1

1.4

1.7

Interceptions per recreation

1.0

0.9

0.6

Clearances per recreation

3.2

1.7

1.5

Go completion price

88.8%

88.3%

91.8%

He’s a powerful performer for Sociedad, averaging 4 aerial duel wins per recreation in La Liga this season, in addition to finishing 88.8% of his passes, outlining his defensive high quality and technical means.

At 27, Le Normand additionally has a pleasant mix of expertise and nonetheless having some years forward of him, and in that respect he would are available as a extra confirmed possibility than Inacio and Diomande, for instance.

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Both manner, it’s important that no less than one centre-back arrives at St James’ Park this summer time, contemplating the size of time Botman and Lascelles are out for.