Eberechi Eze to Newcastle United discussed as interest heats up

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Newcastle United have big plans this summer.

After a proposed £300million takeover from Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed PIF consortium fell through earlier this month, supporters have been in uproar.

The buying party withdrew their interest, citing 'the prolonged process under the current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty' as the reason.

While the fanbase get their heads around that disappointment, attention at the club is turning to recruitment.

Newcastle will need to strengthen if they're to improve on their 13th-place Premier League finish last term.

Steve Bruce has aspirations pushing the Magpies into the top half of the table, but if that's to happen then they'll need to strengthen significantly.

Many players have been linked with a move, including Eberechi Eze.

Reports emerged in June about Newcastle's interest in the Queens Park Rangers star, with Les Ferdinand backing him to make a move.

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After scoring 14 goals and creating eight more last term, it's easy to see why the 22-year-old is attracting interest.

But according to Chris Waugh of The Athletic, it's a move that might not suit the club's current financial limitations.

Writing for The Athletic, Waugh said: "Eberechi Eze of Championship club Queens Park Rangers is a forward Bruce rates highly and Newcastle’s recruitment team have watched on several occasions, as The Athletic reported earlier this month.

"However, with West Ham United and Crystal Palace also interested, Newcastle must decide where their priorities lie.

"They are reluctant to be drawn into a bidding war and may end up focusing their attentions elsewhere."

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Eberechi Eze is an incredibly exciting talent.

After being released by Millwall, the attacking midfielder has defied the odds to establish himself as the main man for Queens Park Rangers.

Last season was his most consistent to date, and that means that it's no surprise that so many Premier League sides are said to be interested.

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Crystal Palace and West Ham are the two main contenders for his signature, with Eze likely to cost around £20million.

While Newcastle are clearly walking a financial tightrope, I still think that they need to push the boat out.

Signing a young player like Eze is an investment for the future, as a player as talented as him has significant sell-on potential if he does well in the Premier League.

Supporters want to see a bit ambition and a move for the QPR star would certainly show that.

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