The Athletic have revealed THREE soon-to-be free agents Newcastle United were monitoring ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
This comes from Chris Waugh’s latest piece, which states that Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser are all on the club’s radar, stating we compiled a list of potential free transfers before the club’s recruitment team were put on furlough leave.
Waugh claims that all three are ‘admired’ by Bruce, claiming Newcastle are one of several sides eyeing bargain deals for the Premier League trio should they fail to agree new deals with their respective clubs.
Here’s a snippet from the Athletic’s piece – which also reveals how free agents could be in high demand in the coming months:
Agents and recruitment officials have told The Athletic that they foresee out-of-contract players becoming an even more attractive proposition in the next transfer window than normal.
“Free transfers will be so much more in demand,” said one Premier League recruitment director. “In a normal season, you will fight five clubs for a free transfer but, this summer, it might be 10 clubs for the same player. It will be ferocious.” An agent, meanwhile, said: “Bosmans [free transfers] might be more valuable than any time since Steve McManaman’s days.”
Newcastle are understood to have compiled a list of potential free transfers they are monitoring – Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, Adam Lallana of Liverpool and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser are all admired by Bruce, although that trio will have plenty of other suitors, too.
Giroud is someone we tried and failed to sign in January, while Lallana and Fraser have been tentatively linked with the club over the past 12 months also.
They’re three players who’d certainly bring a bit of quality to our team – and prove to be potentially brilliant pieces of business on Bosmans – however I can see a LOT of decent clubs being in the mix here.