Wigan Athletic offer Kyle Joseph new contract to fend off £500,000 Newcastle United transfer
According to Chronicle Live, Wigan Athletic have offered Kyle Joseph a new contract in a bid to fend off interest from Newcastle United and several clubs in a summer transfer.
Steve Bruce’s Magpies hold serious interest in signing Joseph at the end of the season when his Latic deal expires. Newcastle are also considered to be the frontrunners for a deal.
Wigan would only be owed a compensation fee worth around £500,000 for the striker’s development, with Joseph 19-years-old.
Newcastle are targeting a centre-forward in the summer market as Bruce strives to add depth behind Callum Wilson. Andy Carroll is likely to leave at the end of his contract next month, while Dwight Gayle has also been touted for a potential transfer.
But the Toon could face competition from Scottish giants Celtic in their pursuit of Joseph. The teenager has emerged as a promising prospect for a number of clubs after scoring five senior goals this season.
Wigan named Joeseph as their Academy Player of the Year for 2019/20 after finishing the campaign as the club’s top-scorer. He found the back of the net 23 times across all competitions for the U18s and earned his first caps for Scotland’s U18s and U19s.
He has since been promoted to Scotland’s U21s and made his senior Latics debut in October under John Sheridan. Only a serious back injury sustained in February would take him out of the side, despite Leam Richardson replacing Sheridan at the helm in November.
Joseph returned to fitness in April and featured in four of Wigan’s final five League One games. He started 12 of his 18 third-tier appearances all told, along with November’s FA Cup defeat to Chorley FC.
TBR’s view: Joseph a promising option for Newcastle
It remains to be seen if Joseph puts pen to paper on the contract offered by Wigan amid Newcastle’s interest. But the proposed new deal will come as a blow to United amid Bruce’s serious interest in a transfer.
The striker represents a very promising and cheap option for Bruce, given the bargain compensatory fee that would be needed. He also showed his potential by netting a hat-trick against Burton Albion in December to pull his side level three times, before Will Keane bagged a late winner at the Pirelli Stadium.
Richardson also lauds Joseph for the way he worked to get back to fitness following his lengthy injury. The Latics boss stated last month via quotes by Wigan Today: “He’s worked fantastically hard with the medical staff to get himself back fit, and back on the pitch.
“He’s only been back training for a short time, but he’s a kid who just loves football. He epitomises this football club, and how well we want to be represented on and off the field.”
That joy for the game could suit Joseph well in a football city like Newcastle. While the club would benefit from having a player of his character aiming to cut it in the Premier League.
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