Newcastle targeting ex-Chelsea ace

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Newcastle United are looking to bring in new signings ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The Magpies thought this could be a transformative summer for the club, as the Saudi-backed takeover, fronted by Amanda Staveley, looked set to wrestle control away from owner Mike Ashley.

Newcastle are subsequently preparing for another summer in which they will be relying on the retail magnate for funds.

That means there are unlikely to be many funds available but it seems as though targets are being identified.

Steve Bruce’s side finished the season in relative comfort in 13th place, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

They were also 10 points behind 10th-placed Burnley, though, and signings are sure to be needed if the club are to improve next season.

Only Crystal Palace, Watford, and Norwich City scored fewer goals than the Magpies; the last two were relegated.

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So it makes sense that the club are targeting forward players in the coming window.

Sky Sports reports that Bertrand Traore has been identified as a possible acquisition, with Lyon prepared to sell him in this transfer window.

Traore can play on the right wing or as a central striker and is a former Chelsea player, scoring 33 goals and providing 17 assists in 126 games for the French club.

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He made just 16 senior appearances for the Blues, scoring four times, and Lyon are willing to cash in.

They paid £9 million to sign him from the west London club, per the report, and he is valued at just £8.5m by Transfermarkt.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Traore would be an interesting option for Newcastle.

He can play up front or on the wing and that versatility is sure to appeal to manager Bruce.
It gives him some leeway tactically but one has to wonder if Traore is clinical enough.

In 88 games in Ligue 1, he has scored 21 times, at a rate of a goal every 0.2 games.

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That isn’t exactly game-changing for the north east outfit, but there has to be hope that any investment in the Burkina Faso international would pay off.

It would be a deal worth under £10m, and at the very least, he would be a fine squad option.

Provided the price isn’t too high, this could be a shrewd deal.

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