Reports suggesting Newcastle United are leading the race for Macauley Bonne are wide of the mark, according to The Chronicle.
Recently, talkSPORT reported that Newcastle were leading the race for Charlton Athletic striker Bonne alongside Leicester City, Fulham and others. But sources close to The Chronicle claim that Newcastle have not made any enquiries about Bonne and are not that interested at the moment.
Bonne has scored six goals in 15 games for Charlton this season after making the switch from Leyton Orient. Last season, his goals helped the O’s to promotion. In total, the former Colchester United striker netted 45 times in 91 games for the East London club.
Despite Orient going up to League Two, Bonne decided to move on. He was offered the chance to join Charlton in the Championship. After starting the season as a back-up player, an injury to Lyle Taylor put him in the starting line-up and he has impressed.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a Premier League switch but it seems Newcastle’s interest might be exaggerated. The Magpies do want a new striker, though, so they could keep their tabs on him.
A move to the Premier League might just be a bit too soon for Bonne. There is no doubting that he works hard and knows where the net is. But the Premier League is another step up.
To go from non-league football to the Premier League in six months is a very tough ask. If he keeps firing them in for the Addicks, he gives himself every chance of making the leap to the top-flight one day.