Newcastle United are reportedly in the hunt for Norwegian attacker Alexander Sorloth.
Fotospor claims that the Saudi consortium set to purchase the Magpies have the striker on their shortlist after his excellent season on loan at Trabzonspor. The 24-year-old has 25 goals in 39 games for the club this season despite failing to score a Premier League goal for parent club Crystal Palace after his reported (Daily Mail) £9 million move in 2018.
Trabzonspor are now hoping to sign him permanently, before selling him on with a price-tag of €45 million (£39m) being mentioned and interest from Real Madrid.
So could Joelinton be Newcastle’s ace card when it comes to securing the 24-year-old’s signature?
It was reported earlier this month by Fotospor that the Turkish side were considering the Brazilian as a potential recruit to replace Sorloth for next season.
As reported by the BBC, Newcastle spent a club-record £40 million to bring Joelinton to Tyneside from Hoffenheim last summer. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said at the time that the 23-year-old has ‘everything’ you want from a modern-day player.
“The kid has got an exciting time ahead of him. He is a smashing young player and we are obviously delighted to get him. It is been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.
“He has got everything that a modern-day player wants. He is big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.”
Unfortunately, Joelinton has struggled to find goals, scoring just one Premier League goal in 29 appearances.
But with Trabzonspor keen, Newcastle could use the misfiring Brazilian as a swap option to reduce the cost and give themselves an advantage over other interested parties when it comes to securing the services of the 6ft 5ins Norwegian hitman.