Newcastle United are yet to make move for £10m World Cup final star, but it is 'one to watch' in January - journalist
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Newcastle United are yet to make move for £10m World Cup final star, but it is 'one to watch' in January - journalist

CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs says Newcastle United are yet to make a move for World Cup finalist Marcus Thuram, but claimed it’s ‘one to watch’ ahead of the January window. 

Newcastle got back to competitive action last night as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 to book their place in the quarter-final of the League Cup. 

Eddie Howe will certainly have one eye on the January transfer window as he aims to keep his side in the conversation for a surprise top-four finish. 

The Magpies brought in Alexander Isak over the summer for a club-record fee but they have been linked with attacking players ahead of next month. 

The Athletic claims Newcastle have discussed the possibility of signing Borussia Monchengladbach star Thuram within the club. The 25-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer, with several Premier League clubs monitoring his situation ahead of the January window. 

And in the latest update on Newcastle’s pursuit of the French forward, Jacobs says Howe’s side are yet to make their move to sign him. 

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Newcastle yet to make move for Thuram 

The CBS journalist told NUFC Matters with Steve Wraith that Newcastle haven’t even made an enquiry about Thuram yet.

“Within the market he’s a pretty decent price. I do think there’s an opportunity because Monchengladbach want to sell but I’m not aware at this point that Newcastle have made an enquiry or started anything,” Jacobs said. 

“It was Manchester United who were really considering him in the build up to the World Cup. I think Thuram is one to watch, only because he’s at an age where he could be tempted by a move and the price could be lower than other targets.

“But other than that and Saint-Maximin’s comments, there’s not too much to this from a Newcastle sense.” 

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Thuram has been in lethal form for Monchengladbach this season and has bagged 13 goals in 17 appearances. 

The attacker was also brought on as a substitute during France’s World Cup final defeat to Argentina and helped Les Bleus get back into the game, alongside Randal Kolo Muani. 

He could be available at a cheap price too, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. German outlet BILD claims Monchengladbach could be willing to accept a fee worth around £10 million to avoid losing him for free. 

Howe seems well-stacked in terms of his striker options at the moment but he could do with another wide player to compete with Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin. 

Thuram has shown he is capable of playing across the font-three and would undoubtedly improve the quality of Newcastle’s squad. But after the Frenchman’s start to the campaign, the Magpies will face stiff competition for his signature if they register their interest. 

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