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Report: Newcastle in talks with free agent attacker Ryan Fraser

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Report: Newcastle in talks with free agent attacker Ryan Fraser

Newcastle United are reportedly in discussions over a possible transfer with Ryan Fraser, who is a free agent and available after leaving Bournemouth this summer.

According to the Shields Gazette, the Magpies are still carrying on with their transfer business despite the Saudi takeover falling through on Thursday.

It is understood that attacker Fraser is a long-term target of Newcastle and manager Steve Bruce is a big fan of his.

The report explains that discussions are ongoing with the 26-year-old about a possible switch to St James’ Park, with interest from top-six clubs failing to come to fruition.

Meanwhile, the report adds that David Moyes’ West Ham and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace are also interested in him.

 

Fraser opted not to sign a contract extension for the rest of the 2019/20 season following the return of football and is now a free agent after his deal with relegated Bournemouth expired.

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TBR’s View:

Fraser may have left Bournemouth in a bad way and has form dipped in the past 12 months, but he’s shown previously that he can be a serious threat in the Premier League.

The Scotland international is a left-winger that that dazzled in the English top-flight in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring seven goals and supplying 14 assists in the competition.

He is a speed machine that is diminutive in stature, but is hard for defenders to contain due to his low centre of gravity and his explosive pace off the mark.

It’s unclear on what kind of budget Bruce will be working on at Newcastle this summer, but Fraser on a free transfer looks a good deal on paper whatever the circumstance and he would add some extra quality in the final third.

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