Newcastle United ‘definitely have an interest’ in Callum Hudson-Odoi and could look to lure the Chelsea winger to St James’ Park ahead of the September 1 deadline, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe has already spent close to £60million on strengthening his squad since the summer window opened for business, but there is still time for further reinforcements to head to Tyneside.
What’s the latest news involving Hudson-Odoi?
Newcastle have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Hudson-Odoi as Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has hinted that a move could be on the cards.
It comes after the wide-man has not played a single minute of the Blues’ opening two fixtures of the campaign.
Newcastle – along with West Ham United and Leicester City – have reportedly registered an interest in Hudson-Odoi with the transfer deadline fast approaching.
Premier League rivals Southampton and Everton are also understood to be keen on striking a deal, while Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are long-term admirers.
Hudson-Odoi appears to have opened the door for a move away from Stamford Bridge as he has asked to secure a loan switch.
What has Dean Jones said about Hudson-Odoi?
Jones understands that Newcastle are eager to fight off stiff competition from other suitors and secure Hudson-Odoi’s services.
The transfer insider believes that Howe, who was appointed as the Magpies’ head coach last November, has identified the right-wing as a position he needs to strengthen.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Hudson-Odoi – and players of that kind – they’ll definitely have an interest in them.
“They have to fix that problem they’ve got on the right side of their attack. They see it as a real problem.”
Would Hudson-Odoi be a good signing for Newcastle?
Hudson-Odoi is on a Chelsea contract worth £120,000-per-week, but Newcastle would have no problem matching that or even offering the 21-year-old a pay rise as they are the richest club in world football.
Therefore, a move is feasible and it is easy to see why Howe is interested as Tuchel has claimed that Hudson-Odoi’s ‘potential is huge’.
The Chelsea ace has made 72 appearances in the Premier League and registered 16 goal contributions along the way, which emphasises that he would not need time to adjust to the competition.
Hudson-Odoi has also won five trophies during his spell with his current employers, including the Champions League, so there is no doubt that he would bring a winning mentality to St James’ Park.