Newcastle: 'Special' 110-goal star would be a St James' Park upgrade

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe would ‘enhance’ and ‘improve’ his Magpies squad if he succeeds in tempting Brentford star Christian Eriksen to St James’ Park in the summer, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.

Having spent lengthy spells of the campaign looking over their shoulder and fearing relegation to the Championship, the Tyneside giants can start preparing for another season of Premier League football after moving clear of the drop zone and into the top half of the standings.

What’s the latest news involving Eriksen?

According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle are set to move for Eriksen at the end of the season and Howe is eager to make the 30-year-old a flagship signing.

The report suggests the Magpies’ key decision-makers are growing increasingly hopeful of being able to beat off competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Ham United for the 111-cap Denmark international, who has scored 110 senior goals at club level.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will reportedly be handed a summer budget of less than £90million, but attempting to lure Eriksen to Tyneside would not have an impact on that figure.

That is because Eriksen only signed a contract lasting until the end of the season when he joined Brentford on deadline day of the January transfer window, meaning he is set to become a free agent in the summer, as things stand.

However, the Bees are attempting to tie the playmaker down to a fresh deal and believe they are in a strong position to come to an agreement.

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What has Keith Downie said about Eriksen?

Downie is unsure as to whether Eriksen is a star Newcastle are actively pursuing ahead of the transfer window’s reopening.

Despite that, the Sky Sports reporter feels the Dane would offer Magpies chief Howe an exciting option in midfield.

Downie told GIVEMESPORT: “Would I like to see him at Newcastle? Yes, I think everyone would like to see him play anywhere. He was brilliant for Brentford against Chelsea earlier this month.

“I don’t know if they’re interested in him or if that’s one they’re going for, but I certainly think he would improve the team and enhance the team.”

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Why would Eriksen be a good signing for Newcastle?

Having become the richest club in world football following a £305million takeover led by the Saudi Arabia-based Public Investment Fund last October, Newcastle are targeting regular silverware.

That is something Eriksen is used to challenging for and he has won plenty of, having got his hands on the Eredivisie and Serie A titles as well as further domestic cups in the Netherlands.

He has played a key role in those successes, having chalked up 270 goals and assists over the course of his senior club career, so it is clear that he would add a winning mentality along with a constant threat in the final third of the pitch if he were to head to St James’ Park.

Eriksen was also described as ‘special’ by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, underlining that Newcastle would have an exciting star on their hands.

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