Newcastle are interested in signing Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, according to the Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Get Italian Football News).
The newspaper claims that Juventus have made initial contact with Frankfurt about buying the Danish international but the Serie A side will have to see off competition from the Magpies, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Lindstrom is a highly-rated young player, having also been linked with Arsenal last year, and he possesses the ability to play in multiple positions.
Although the 23-year-old played mostly as a no.10 for Frankfurt last campaign, he is comfortable being deployed off either flank too.
Gazzetta report that Lindstrom could be available for around €35m (£30m) so the Dane would not be an expensive acquisition for Eddie Howe’s side either.
Strengthening the midfield is not a priority for Newcastle
After spending £60m on Sandro Tonali, it would be surprising if the Magpies decided to sign another midfielder, even one that plays in more advanced areas.
Lindstrom’s ability to play out wide could make him an attractive target if Howe wants an additional option on the right wing but, as it isn’t his best position, they may be better off pursuing alternatives.
Buying defenders remains top of the agenda
It looks as though Newcastle have still not given up hope of signing Tino Livramento from Southampton. However, the 20-year-old could cost as much as £40m.
In addition to bringing in a right-back, moves for a centre-half and left-back can’t be ruled out before the transfer window closes.
A lot may still depend on how much money the Magpies can raise through offloading players. They are expected to receive around £30m from selling Allan Saint-Maximin to Al Ahli but they will need more than that if they are going to fund their plans for more summer signings.