Newcastle United consider rivalling Daniel Farke for £7m Cardiff City star Will Vaulks
According to Wales Online, Newcastle United have entered the race to sign in-demand Cardiff City midfielder Will Vaulks this summer.
Vaulks has been one of the Bluebirds’ most consistent performers and a near ever-present of their Championship efforts, during what has been a turbulent campaign that led to Neil Harris being replaced by Mick McCarthy in January.
Both managers have been full of praise for the 27-year-old, with Harris lauding Vaulks for playing with ‘passion and pride’ while McCarthy waxed lyrical over the midfielder’s ‘brilliant’ performance (BBC) following a 4-0 rout of Derby County.
His efforts and eye-catching goals have not gone unnoticed elsewhere, with Newcastle said to be one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on Vaulks’ situation at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Vaulks has attracted a raft of interest having given the Bluebirds an added weapon through his long throws, along with a tough-tackling presence in the engine room capable of creating the spectacular from long-range.
Reports by the Daily Mail in March touted Sheffield United and Daniel Farke’s Premier League-bound Norwich City as potential suitors, and noted that Cardiff value Vaulks at around £7million.
Much of the Blades’ interest is thought to be dependent on who replaces Chris Wilder at the Bramall Lane helm ahead of their return to the Championship, while the Canaries have long held an interest in the midfielder dating back to his time at Rotherham United.
Vaulks’ consistency for Cardiff in the Championship this season and his creative end-product from midfield is bound to have Premier League sides assessing moves, with the Bluebirds only said to consider their £2.1m (Daily Mail) signing to now be worth £7m.
Newcastle may need another option in the engine room next term depending on the long-term future of Arsenal loanee Joe Willock, who has provided three important goals in recent weeks with equalisers against Tottenham and Liverpool plus the winner over West Ham.
Vaulks has also often operated in a deeper role, which could allow Toon boss Steve Bruce to bed the Wales international into his currently favoured system without forcing Miguel Almiron to drop away from the front-two of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle are prepared to submit an offer that will test Cardiff’s resolve for a player likely to be the focus of their plans for next season (Wales Online), but Vaulks has plenty of positives to offer the Magpies at a reasonable price.
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