Newcastle: £30m signing would give Guimaraes more 'freedom' at St James' Park

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Newcastle United can give Bruno Guimaraes more freedom to attack by signing Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Tyneside club are currently being linked with the 26-year-old, and O’Rourke believes he could complement Eddie Howe’s January addition nicely.

What is the latest news involving Hojbjerg?

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle are planning to make a £30m swoop for Hojbjerg when the transfer window is open again.

The same outlet claims that Howe is intent on strengthening his squad and that the Dane is high on his list of targets.

Midfield is already an area the Magpies boss has bolstered after he recently brought in Guimaraes from Lyon in a deal worth over £40m.

However, it appears that he is still not completely satisfied with his options in the middle of the park as Newcastle prepare to make a move for Hojbjerg.

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What has O’Rourke said about Hojbjerg and Guimaraes?

O’Rourke thinks Newcastle signing Hojbjerg could free up Guimaraes and allow him to go forward more often.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider said: “He could be somebody who could maybe do that for Bruno Guimaraes, give him more freedom to go forward and attack, because Hojbjerg is obviously more of a sitting defensive midfielder.

“I think, at Southampton and Tottenham, he’s proved that he is a good, top Premier League player who can fit that role.”

Would Hojbjerg be a good signing for Newcastle?

Yes. As O’Rourke has highlighted, Hojbjerg has become a solid holding midfielder in this division.

He has been a real combative figure in the middle of the park for Tottenham this season, with manager Antonio Conte feeling that the Denmark international does not get enough attention.

“Pierre, no one asked me about him, but I think in every game he is doing a fantastic job, with the ball, without the ball, strong physically,” the Italian told and other outlets last month after Spurs’ win against the Magpies.

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Ultimately, Hojbjerg could be the kind of signing who could really help someone like Guimaraes to flourish. The Brazilian has already shown what he can do in attack, getting himself on the scoresheet in recent games versus Norwich City and Leicester City. Playing next to a No.6 of Hojbjerg’s ability, maybe there could be more to come.

You would probably have to ask, though, would Tottenham sell? And would the former Southampton man want to move to St James’ Park? Given his value to his manager and the fact that Newcastle are not a top Premier League outfit just yet, it would not be a shock if the answer to both questions was no.

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