The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has tipped Newcastle to sign Hoffenheim striker Joelinton, claiming he’s ‘pretty sure’ the club have ‘one or two’ transfer deals ‘lined up’.
This comes from his appearance on the Chronicle’s latest podcast, with him speaking about Newcastle’s transfer plans as we enter the final month of this summer’s window.
Mark suggests that Steve Nickson – our current Head of Recruitment / Chief Scout – looks set to put several names to the new manager (Steve Bruce) and seems to think a few deals are in the pipeline, hinting that Brazilian striker Joelinton may well be one of them.
Here’s what Douglas has had to say on the transfer front during his appearance the Everything is Black and White podcast:
“I think what’s happening is Steve Nickson (Head of Recruitment) is going out and sourcing the targets and the new manager will come in and be told ‘here’s the targets we’ve come up with, are you happy if we press the button?’.
“I think they have one or two lined up. I’m pretty sure they do.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Joelinton sign for Newcastle United, because there were some very optimistic noises about that.”
Joelinton is a player we’ve been linked with for a while now, yet it was always reported that he was a player the ‘club’ wanted to sign far more than Rafa Benitez.
With that in mind, I can believe that he’s someone we’re keen on, but is a £30m-rated Brazilian impressing in the Bundesliga really going to leave for Steve Bruce? Are we REALLY going to pay big money? We need to if we want to stay up, but I can’t see a player of his potential joining a club in this state.
He may be tempted by a move to the Premier League, however you can’t help but think we’d be seen as nothing more than stepping stone and a platform to impress on if a player of any worth is arriving after the shambolic summer we’ve had so far.
With just four weeks left to do business and us currently being stripped of several assets, lacking depth and quality, we’re in desperate need of new signings, but I’ll believe it when I see it when it comes to Joelinton and these mystery deals we’re said to have ‘lined up’.