Some big news has emerged in the last few moments via The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards involving a potential move to St James’ Park for Ryan Fraser.
His ‘exclusive’ claims that we believe to have agreed personal terms with the recently released Bournemouth winger ‘several days ago’, but haven’t yet heard back from the 26-year-old over his final decision.
Edwards states that those at Newcastle are surprised by the delay – with previously him telling Steve Bruce he is keen on a move to Tyneside – meaning a deadline could be handed to Fraser in a bid to get the deal done so he can join training in good time for our trip to West Ham next weekend.
The Telegraph state that we were the first club to show interest in the Scotland international, who is eager to be closer to his family in Aberdeen, and have been in talks to sign him for ‘several weeks’ now.
Fraser is a £15-£20m player and would be a brilliant addition on a free – especially if he arrived as a Matt Ritchie replacement and was able to link up with former Bournemouth teammate Callum Wilson as a result of that potential part-exchange.
With 8 goals and 15 assists in 2018/29 and pace to burn, he could be a brilliant addition to our attack and a real bargain, but it’s clearly hanging in the balance.
Given West Ham and Palace are also said to be interested, let’s hope he gets back to us soon and puts pen to paper to avoid an unwanted bidding war on his wages!