Newcastle have key signing 'on the agenda' after Botman at St James' Park

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Newcastle United will have an ‘attacking signing on the agenda’ for the current transfer window, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Magpies have already completed the purchases of Matt Targett and Nick Pope from Aston Villa and Burnley, respectively, but their spending spree is not expected to end there.

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After months of negotiations, Newcastle are also set to secure the services of centre-back Sven Botman from LOSC Lille, adding some steal and class to their revamped backline.

However, the St. James’ Park side have reportedly ended their pursuit of Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike following one of the longest transfer sagas of 2022.

Newcastle previously held ‘positive talks’ over a £25.6 million deal for the 20-year-old, yet a deal could not be reached with his representatives, and manager Eddie Howe is set to turn his attention to alternative targets.

Improving the forward lines appears to remain a priority for Howe, though. Callum Wilson was the club’s top scorer in the Premier League with just eight strikes last term, a tally that will need to be improved upon.

What has Taylor said about Newcastle?

Taylor admitted that he doesn’t know ‘any specific names’ that are believed to be on Newcastle’s shortlist, although disclosed his belief that ‘there’s scope to recruit another wide attacker’ at Newcastle.

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He told GiveMeSport: “I do think there’s scope to recruit another wide attacker as well, but obviously as we’ve seen with Newcastle, their recruitment strategy is actually very calculated, it’s not just throwing money at big names as many expected them to do, it’s smart shopping.

“So, I don’t have any specific names, but I do think there will be an attacking signing on the agenda.”

Who could Newcastle sign?

The Telegraph have previously claimed that Newcastle’s potential move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby is over after they learned of his £60 million price tag.

And it seems Howe has switched his attention to two other young attackers in the shape of OGC Nice’s Amine Gouiri and Armando Broja of Chelsea.

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Gouiri racked up 22 goal contributions in 43 appearances last term, firing Nice to a fifth-placed finish in the Ligue 1 standings while also reaching the final of the French Cup.

Meanwhile, Broja registered nine goals and laid on a single assist in 38 outings as he enjoyed a successful season-long loan at Southampton.

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