Turkish outlet Net Haber have claimed that Newcastle United are now interested in signing Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, joining Manchester United, Burnley, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to land the forward.
The report claims that Newcastle are one of four Premier League sides interested in signing Muriqi, but it does not mention Tottenham’s interest. According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Spurs were interested in the 25-year-old last month.
Muriqi, a 23-time Kosovo international, has been in excellent form for Fener this season. He has scored 13 goals in 22 appearances since joining the club last summer, as well as laying on five assists. Fener sit in sixth, but only four points off first.
United and Spurs were desperate to sign a striker in January after injuries to Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, while Leicester wanted competition for Jamie Vardy. Burnley also wanted a striker to fire themselves towards safety.
Steve Bruce is now believed to have joined the race for Muriqi, given the poor form of Joelinton – who has netted just twice since his club-record move. Andy Carroll has also struggled, while Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto lack much game time.
TBR’s view – Clubs must be wary over Muriqi signing
In January 2018, Everton spent big to sign Cenk Tosun from Besiktas. A move, believed to be in the region of £27million, is now considered a waste of money with Tosun now on loan at Crystal Palace – having netted 10 goals in 51 games.
Fener want a similar fee for Muriqi, believed to be £30million as per Net Haber. He has enjoyed a prolific spell in Turkey, but the step up from a rather mediocre SuperLig to the best in the Premier League is quite some change.
Newcastle, and other Premier League sides, must be wary.