Denmark and RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen is the next most likely signing for Newcastle, according to football transfer website Football Whispers.
The towering 6ft 4in forward played three games for Denmark in the World Cup finals in Russia, scoring the winner and the only goal of the game in their opening win against Peru that took them through to the Round of 16.
He’s been with Leipzig for five years since a £1million move from Lyngby BK, and has scored 39 goals in 174 appearances.
This follows on from a report in Calciomercato that said Newcastle, West Ham and Everton were all interested in signing him this summer.
Football Whispers is a global transfer site that grades all possible transfers. They currently rate Poulsen as the next most likely Newcastle signing, with a score of 3.8/5.
Newcastle need a striker desperately and time is running out. Aleksandar Mitrovic doesn’t want to come back but could yet see himself being drafted back into Rafa Benitez’s plans, with no real concrete alternatives in the market that Newcastle can afford. Liverpool’s crocked duo Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are surely too much of a risk, especially after what happened with Islam Slimani in January. But does anyone really see Poulsen as the answer? There’s nothing like a World Cup to put certain players in the shop window, and Poulsen did himself a heap of good by scoring Denmark’s winner in the first game. He didn’t trouble the net again after that though and his record of five goals in 31 games for Denmark, and 39 in 174 for Leipzig aren’t the stats that will make Newcastle fans excited. His best season was his first in the Bundesliga in 2014/15, when he scored 11 in 29 games, but he’s been going backwards since then. Last season he got four in 30 league games. With those stats, Poulsen doesn’t even seem like an upgrade on Joselu. We’ll pass on this one, thanks.