Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhaylo Mudryk has left the door open to a move to the Premier League amid links with Newcastle United.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
According to Football Insider, Eddie Howe has set his sights on a move for the Ukrainian international in January.
While Alexander Isak arrived over the course of the summer to give Newcastle their much-needed new striker, it seems the club failed in their pursuit of signing a winger. With Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron struggling to convince as prolific options and Allan Saint-Maximin only just coming into form under Howe, the likes of James Maddison and Moussa Diaby were reportedly targeted during the summer window.
Those chases proved fruitless amid some difficulty in dealing with selling clubs, leading to a potential move for a new forward in January.
Mudryk has hit the headlines of late after some brilliant performances in the Champions League. This season, the 21-year-old has scored twice, as well as registering as many assists, in two appearances.
What has Mudryk said about his future?
Speaking to CBS Sports (via Fabrizio Romano) after Shakhtar’s draw with Celtic on Wednesday evening, Mudryk said: “Every guy dreams about the Premier League. It’s a top league — but speculation has passed, I focus on Shakhtar so in winter we will see what will happen.
“There was lot of discussions about a transfer and clubs who want me.”
Would Mudryk be a good signing for Newcastle?
As a young player with Champions League experience, it’d certainly be a logical move in a position Newcastle need to strengthen.
Compared to Neymar, Mudryk enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season, scoring twice and registering nine assists in only 19 appearances. Both Arsenal and Brentford have been linked, with the Ukrainian international making quite the name for himself on the biggest stage.
Given Newcastle’s lack of firepower on the wings and Mudryk having room to grow at the age of 21, making a move in January would seem logical.