Journalist Chris Waugh feels Newcastle United may look to target Watford forward Ismaila Sarr and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse in January.
The upcoming transfer window promises to be a busy one for the Magpies, as they aim to move themselves clear of the bottom three following their recent takeover.
What's the latest news on Sarr and Ward-Prowse?
Sarr has spent the last two years at Watford, and scored 13 Championship goals last term as the Hornets secured promotion back to the Premier League. The Senegalese winger still has three years remaining on his deal at Vicarage Road.
Meanwhile, Ward-Prowse is now one of the first names on the teamsheet at Southampton, and is the club's captain. He signed a contract extension earlier this summer, which is set to keep him on the South Coast until 2026.
Nevertheless, Newcastle now have the wealthiest owners in the Premier Leaguel, so it is not out of the question that they try to sign Sarr, Ward-Prowse or possible even both players at the start of 2022. According to their Transfermarkt valuations, the duo would cost Newcastle a combined total of £53.1m.
What has Waugh said about Sarr and Ward-Prowse?
The Athletic reporter believes the Toon Army may look to bring in Sarr or Ward-Prowse in January, but has admitted that the players may be priced out of moves by their respective clubs.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said: “Ismaila Sarr, James Ward-Prowse, they would be the sort of player who you would expect them to be targeting, although, I imagine they will be very, very costly, and so they may have to look elsewhere.”
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Could Newcastle realistically sign Sarr and Ward-Prowse?
It seems that Newcastle may have their work cut out getting both, given how important the pair are to Watford and Southampton, respectively.
Those two clubs would likely be very reluctant to sell either man, and this could lead to them upping their asking prices, particularly as Sarr and Ward-Prowse both have plenty of time left to run on their contracts.
Then again, money talks. Sarr and Ward-Prowse would almost certainly receive far larger wage packets on Tyneside, and Newcastle look to have plans to challenge the best sides in the country moving forwards, while Watford and Southampton look set to be involved in relegation battles over the next season or two.
Newcastle will want to make a statement in the next transfer window, and buying Sarr and Ward-Prowse would send out a message that they are the real deal, and fully intend to be competing for major honours in the not-too-distant future.
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