Report: Newcastle now want to sign powerful striker who got told to apologise to Luke Shaw at Euro 2020
Newcastle United and Rangers are among a cluster of clubs who are keen on signing Queens Park Rangers striker, Lyndon Dykes, during the January transfer window.
Dykes has been impressive for QPR this season in the Championship. He has seven goals to his name, helping the R’s to fifth in the second-tier. But according to TeamTalk, Premier League clubs such as Newcastle and Burnley, as well as Rangers up in Scotland, are interested in the big striker.
TeamTalk claim that Newcastle have been checking in on Dykes in recent weeks as part of their extensive scouting mission for January. The Magpies are desperate to add new signings. But at the same time, they’re conscious of relegation, meaning Dykes might be a realistic option.
The Scottish international has scored six times in 20 appearances for Steve Clarke’s side. He’s well liked at both club and international level. Indeed, his QPR manager, Mark Warburton, has backed Dykes to play at the top level and praised his work-ethic, even when he’s not playing well.
“He’ll always give you 100 per cent. Always. And if you’re a fan, then that is what you want from a player,” Warburton said of his striker.
Dykes certainly isn’t afraid to put himself about either. Memorably in the Euros, he was told to apologise to England star Luke Shaw for clattering into him.
TBR’s View: Is Lyndon Dykes Good Enough For Newcastle Now?
That is the million dollar question really. And the answer, in all honesty, is probably not. It’s not as if Dykes has lit up the Championship. He’s just done a good job and played a good role in a team doing well.
He does offer a fair bit. His height is an obvious threat and he is improving, with his record at international level not too shabby at all. The big question is can he adapt immediately to the PL and score the goals Newcastle need?
Dykes would be a low-risk option, in terms of fee and wages. But on the flipside, he’s high risk in that he might not do the business at the top level.
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