Newcastle considering move for 29-goal Brazilian in wake of Wilson injury – report
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Newcastle considering move for 29-goal Brazilian in wake of Wilson injury - report

Newcastle United are reportedly serious about making a move for Gabriel Barbosa in wake of Callum Wilson’s injury.

The Magpies striker injured his calf during last month’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Wilson is set to be out for a number of weeks at least.

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However, initial tests have proved inconclusive in terms of the precise extent of the problem.

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Newcastle’s leading scorer is due to undergo another series of scans at the start of next week.

This should provide a clearer picture of his recovery timeframe.

In a worst-case scenario, it is understood there is a chance Wilson could not play again this season.

Newcastle were already looking to bolster their attacking ranks even before the 29-year-old’s injury.

Now, bringing in a new striker is a matter of utmost urgency.

According to The Northern Echo, Eddie Howe has been assessing various attacking targets in the last week or so.

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And Barbosa is reported to have been under serious consideration.

According to The Mirror, Flamengo are reportedly willing to strike a deal with Newcastle over the 25-year-old.

They’d apparently let Barbosa join on a six-month loan deal.

However, this would include with an obligation to buy for £17million if the Magpies stay up, according to the report.

Meanwhile, The Chronicle has claimed that Barbosa is keen on the idea of a move to Newcastle in January.

The Brazilian has been in great form, scoring an impressive 29 goals from 43 appearances for club and country in 2021.

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