Newcastle 'definitely looking' at signing £40m 'game-changer' at St James' Park

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Newcastle United are looking at Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

While he would not describe it as major interest, Jones says the Tyneside club definitely have the 24-year-old on their radar, viewing him as a potential upgrade on Allan Saint-Maximin.

What is the latest news involving Sarr?

French outlet Jeunes Footeux recently reported that Crystal Palace are keen on Sarr, with Patrick Vieira being an admirer of the player.

Jeunes Footeux states that Palace’s Premier League rivals Newcastle and Everton are also interested in the Senegalese star.

He could be an expensive purchase, though, even after Watford’s relegation to the Championship.

As per FootballTransfers, the Hornets will ask for £40m in any potential deal for Sarr in the upcoming transfer window.

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What has Jones said about Sarr and Newcastle?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Newcastle have some interest in Sarr and that Palace will not want to get into a bidding war with them.

Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: “They just won’t want to get into a price battle with Newcastle, who have got some interest in him.

“It’s not major interest right now, but they’re definitely looking at the situation, as they see him as a game-changer and somebody that’s probably a step-up from Saint-Maximin.”

Why do Newcastle and Palace want Sarr?

Sarr, described by Watford team-mate Ben Foster as “frightening”, is the type of winger who has no trouble beating full-backs.

In the 2021/22 Premier League season, he averaged 1.5 dribbles per game, while the campaign prior in the Championship, he managed 1.9 (via WhoScored).

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All in all, he is a quite exciting wide man, and with Watford going down, the likes of Newcastle and Palace probably feel there is a good opportunity to snap him up.

That being said, £40m seems like a lot for a club who have just been relegated to ask for, while some could argue that Sarr is not producing the sort of numbers to warrant such a fee.

In the season that has just concluded, he only scored five Premier League goals, the same amount he managed the last time Watford were in the English top flight.

Overall, though, he is a talented player, and it is not hard to see why Newcastle and Eddie Howe would be interested in bringing the Senegal international to St James’ Park in the summer transfer window.

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