Newcastle: £20m striker could become 'bigger possibility' at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe during Brighton clash

Newcastle “definitely” like Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Tyneside club targeted the Colombian back in January, and Jones thinks he could become an option for them again amid Eddie Howe’s struggles to land a new No.9.

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What is the latest news involving Zapata?

As per The Northern Echo, Newcastle regard Zapata as a viable attacking option and could sign him in a £20m deal this summer.

The same outlet states that the Magpies looked at the 31-year-old in the last transfer window but were quoted an £8m loan fee ahead of a potential £35m permanent transfer, a deal they felt was too expensive.

Since then, Newcastle have considered other strikers like Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

However, with Calvert-Lewin and Toney valued at £60m and £50m respectively, Howe has been forced to return to the drawing board at St James’ Park.

What has Jones said about Zapata and Newcastle?

While Jones does not think Zapata is at the top of Newcastle’s list right now, he would not be surprised if they turned to him later in the window.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “It got quite far down the road in January. They definitely do like him, so I can see why this one would start to re-emerge.

“I wouldn’t say there are really legs in it at this moment in time, but the longer we fall into this transfer window, I think there’s definitely more of a possibility that he starts to crop up as an option.”

Should Newcastle sign Zapata this summer?

Newcastle are having a hard time landing their top striker targets. With that in mind, Zapata would not be a bad fallback option.

The Colombia international has proven himself in one of Europe’s top leagues, scoring over 100 goals in 257 Serie A appearances. He is also a forward who looks perfect for English football’s top flight, with former team-mate Papu Gomez previously stating that he is “like a train”.

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Talking on Sky Sports (via Daily Express) about Zapata earlier this year, South American football expert Tim Vickery said: “It is often a question we have to field and we come back saying, ‘Well, it will be interesting to see how he copes with the physicality of the Premier League.’

“It is not a question we really need to pose, however, with Duvan Zapata. In fact, you flip that one and it goes the other way around. Are the Premier League centre-backs prepared for the physicality of Duvan Zapata?”

You would have to question, though, whether Howe would be willing to go that low on his shortlist of striker targets. While Zapata did seem to be firmly on Newcastle’s radar in January, he has obviously fallen down their list this summer.

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