North-East journalist claims NUFC could ‘step up’ interest in Serie A midfielder IF a takeover goes through

According to The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh, Newcastle United could firm their interest in Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet in January – but his hefty asking price may mean it’s a deal only likely IF a takeover is completed by then.

Several reports on the Continent suggested we had seen bids rejected for the former Anderlecht midfielder, and whilst Waugh explains here that talk of a £15m bid was way off the mark, he confirms that the Sampdoria star IS a player we have been tracking, suggesting a bid could be in the offing if Rafa is afforded the funds following a potential takeover:

“Dennis Praet is certainly a player Newcastle United have tracked for an extended period – and they watched him closely at the start of the season.

“They have good connections at Anderlecht, the midfielder’s former club, and they hold a long-term interest in Praet. But the reports that Newcastle had a £15m bid rejected over the summer were ludicrous.

“Whether United do firm up their interest in Praet either in January or next summer is likely to be dependent on any potential takeover, and the level of funds Benitez will be afforded.”

The 23-year old can play as a central midfielder or in a slightly advanced role, meaning his potential arrival could offer some much needed competition for current number 10 Ayoze Perez.

He has 1 cap for Belgium and has 1 goal and 3 assists in Sampdoria’s strong start to the season in Serie A. One to watch if a takeover goes through perhaps..

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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