Newcastle United are interested in signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea next summer but the player has major “doubts” about staying in the Premier League, according to VoetbalKrant.com.
The Belgian website claims the Magpies see the striker as the “ideal” player to spearhead their attack. However, it appears as though a transfer to St James’ Park is not on the cards.
Lukaku is currently on loan at Roma and, while the Giallorossi would like to keep him, they can’t afford his €38m (£33m) price tag. Chelsea are said to be unwilling to accept offers for below that amount so remaining at the Stadio Olimpico seems unlikely.
A move to Saudi Arabia has also not been ruled out, with Al Shabab reportedly lining up a bid, but the feeling is that the Belgian international is keen to sign for a team in Europe.
Voetbal Krant suggest that Lukaku is hoping to have a strong European Championships to attract more interest but Newcastle don’t seem to be on his agenda currently.
A new striker is a priority for Eddie Howe’s side
With Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak both suffering injury problems this season, a move for a new No.9 has been considered by the Magpies.
It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Lukaku was assessed but it is more likely that sporting director Dan Ashworth and his recruitment team will look at younger alternatives.
Who could Newcastle target?
Two names have been suggested as possible options in recent weeks. Paris Saint-Germain’s Hugo Ekitike (who turned down a move to St James’ Park last year) could be an option if Howe wants a temporary solution on loan.
Alternatively, Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy has been linked. The Guinean international has scored 16 times in 11 appearances this season and reports claim that he has a €17.5m (£15.1m) release clause.