Newcastle United are not interested in making a move for Eintracht Frankfurt frontman Sebastian Haller, according to journalist Chris Waugh.
German publication Faz reported earlier this week that the Magpies were preparing to swoop for the Frenchman in January.
However, Waugh has poured cold water on the link: “The Frenchman is someone the Magpies have been aware of since his Auxerre days, but were unconvinced then – and, although United showed real interest in the forward during his Utrecht days, they never managed to bring Haller to Tyneside,” he wrote for the Chronicle‘s news and transfer centre [08/11; 09:28].
“However, Haller is not believed to be one of the Magpies’ January targets – with Newcastle understood to be focusing their striker attentions elsewhere, instead.”
By the sounds of it Haller is not someone that Newcastle have been looking at for some time but have never been convinced enough by to make a move. The striker’s sensational form this year, eight goals and seven assists in 15 games, has seen the club linked with Haller again, but according to Waugh it’s not something the team are looking at at this time. Clearly the Magpies are looking to bring in striking reinforcements in January – which they absolutely need to – but it doesn’t sound as if the Frankfurt man is going to arrive on Tyneside any time soon. It would probably be best for Newcastle to attempt to sign a centre forward with Premier League experience rather than an unproven guy like Haller. Someone like Danny Welbeck or even Andy Carroll would probably be better bets than the Frenchman so you can see why Rafael Benitez has decided against making a move for Haller.