Two months on from claims that Newcastle were interested in signing highly-rated Sunderland this striker Joel Asoro, the Mackem’s owner Stewart Donald has confirmed that the 19-year-old wishes to leave the club this summer.
The Mail reported in April that Newcastle were aware of the uncertainty surrounding the forward’s future at the club and had been scouting him ahead of a potential move to sign him this summer.
Since then, they’ve been relegated to the third tier of English football and it seems the young striker is now keen to leave this summer according to Sunderland owners latest comments here:
“Joel Asoro, according to his agent, doesn’t want to stay and doesn’t like the club because of something that’s happened and I need to get to the bottom of that.”
With Benitez clearly intent on improving our U-23 ranks and the Swedish youth international already being settled in the North-East, this could be an ideal move for both parties – and serve to annoy Sunderland fans no end!
I only caught a glimpse of him once last season, but he scored in an impressive display away to Fulham when I did, with him looking quick, direct, skilful and seemingly comfortable playing both up top and out wide (he played wide right that night but his natural position is up top).
After the Mail’s claims back in April, it will be interesting to see if we now make a move to bring Asoro to Tyneside.