Report: 'Incredible' £19m striker a leading option for Newcastle
Dominic Solanke is one of the strikers Newcastle United are considering during the January transfer window, with The Telegraph reporting that he is one of the top domestic names on their wishlist.
The Magpies have got their window up and running. Kieran Trippier is looking set to become their first addition of the month. And he looks set to be the first of many.
Previous reports have suggested that Lucas Digne is the player Newcastle would like to bring in next. But they are also looking at options further up the field.
The Telegraph claims that players such as Solanke and Eddie Nketiah find themselves leading the list of domestic striker options. It is noted that Nketiah is more likely due to his contract situation.
Newcastle surely unlikely to take gamble on ‘leading’ target Dominic Solanke despite form
Solanke has enjoyed an outstanding campaign with Bournemouth. The former Liverpool man really struggled following his move to the Vitality Stadium.
He cost the Cherries £19 million, according to BBC Sport. He only found the back of the net three times in 42 appearances before Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League.
However, he has been lethal in the Championship. Solanke scored 15 in 40 games last year. And he has improved further this term, scoring 18 times in 25 fixtures for Scott Parker’s side.
Bournemouth find themselves top of the second tier, so selling Solanke seems unlikely. Judging by comments made by Parker last month, he would have no interest in cashing in.
“What that boy gives to this team in terms of his goals, his general play and his work ethic is incredible,” he said, as reported by the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
Solanke has been brilliant this season. But the January window is absolutely pivotal for Newcastle. So ideally, Eddie Howe may prefer a striker with a better record at the highest level.
And with that, it is arguably difficult to see a move for Solanke taking place in this window – despite the Bournemouth man finding himself at the top of their list.