NEWCASTLE are on the path of highly-rated Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien and might make a move this summer.
With the pandemic striking transfer spending plans across all four departments, managers are needing to cut their cloth appropriately.
And Toon chief Steve Bruce sees O’Brien as a player who could reinforce his team without costing a fortune.
Joe Willock is Bruce’s No1 target after his goalscoring heroics considering that getting here on loan from Arsenal but Newcastle might have a hard time to match the Gunners’ ₤ 20million evaluation.
Gunners child Willock, 21, scored a last-minute equaliser against reigning champs Liverpool last week to add to his goals against West Ham and Spurs of late.
But O’Brien has actually become a less expensive alternative.
Regardless of the Terriers’ battles this year, the 22-year-old has impressed with numerous Premier League clubs having viewed the youngster in current months.
Huddersfield are involved in a transfer dogfight however even if they stay up, they will have a hard time to hang on to ₤ 4m rated O’Brien.
Bruce wishes to refurbish his Magpies team in the close-season and is seeking to offload Florian Lejeune and Yoshinari Muto on a permanent basis.
The pair have actually been out on loan this season and it had been believed that Frenchman Lejeune could be back in the fold after proving his physical fitness at Spanish side Alaves.
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But there’s a sensation inside St James’ Park that the 29-year-old has lost a yard of speed following 2 serious knee injuries which ambushed his Toon career.
Muto, signed by Rafa Benitez for ₤ 10m in 2018, failed to make an effect in England, scoring just one objective and he has stopped working to restore his career in a frustrating spell with Eibar.
The Geordies are now aiming to sell the Japanese striker however are braced on taking a huge hit in the transfer market.
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