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Report: Newcastle taking very close look at £30m player at the World Cup, he could be set to move in January
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Report: Newcastle taking very close look at £30m player at the World Cup, he could be set to move in January

Newcastle United will be one of a number of teams watching the World Cup to scout potential transfer targets.

An update shared by journalist Lee Ryder from the Chronicle Live has Newcastle are looking particularly closely at one player.

Eddie Howe’s side went into the World Cup break as the team to fear in the Premier League.

Unbeaten since the September international break, Newcastle deservedly find themselves in the top four.

Their rivals for European football are likely to strengthen in January, and so identifying the right targets is key.

Given Newcastle have the best defence in the league right now, Howe’s unlikely to want to disrupt that.

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He’ll be hoping the likes of Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson can hit the ground running again next month.

However, it’s an area where Newcastle could improve their depth, and the overall quality of the squad.

Ryder now believes that Newcastle have been closely looking at Brighton’s Leandro Trossard in Qatar.

The Brighton forward is part of Belgium’s squad, who are currently underperforming at this tournament.

They have a crunch game against Croatia coming up, knowing that a win is the only way to guarantee progression.

Newcastle looking closely Trossard in Qatar

The Magpies’ recruitment under Howe so far has been exceptional.

Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman and Dan Burn have revolutionised the team.

Ryder’s report suggests that, ‘Howe is more concerned about bringing in the right characters to his squad’.

‘Brighton’s Leandro Trossard is certainly one that scouts have ran the rule over at the World Cup but there is stiff competition.’

‘Ultimately though Newcastle should emerge from the next window ready to push in the second half of the season.’

The £30m-rated forward has been sensational for the Seagulls this season.

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He already has seven goals in the Premier League and a couple of assists.

Liverpool have made it clear they’re not interested in the 27-year-old, which will encourage Newcastle.

The left winger’s agent has made it clear that he could be available to move in January.

Trossard has come on as a substitute in both of Belgium’s matches so far in Qatar.

Newcastle’s scouts that have been sent to watch Trossard will be hoping he’s done enough to earn a start against Croatia.

Belgium’s Golden Generation appears to be coming to an end, and Trossard could be a leader in the next group waiting to come through.

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