According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are now looking to strike a deal for highly-rated Sweden international Jens Cajuste.
Lee Ryder reports that we have held talks with the 21-year-old’s representatives, claiming sources in Denmark have stated that the midfielder is ‘high on their priority list’.
The 6ft 2′ talent plays for Danish giants FC Midtjylland, who are believed to be holding out for a fee of around £13m – having rejected a £10m bid from Ligue 1 side Rennes earlier this summer.
The Chronicle state that we’ll face stiff competition from his signature, with Wolves and Crystal Palace also showing interest, however they insist he is a player we are very keen to sign after scouting.
Cajuste featured once for Sweden at Euro 2020, played in the Champions League for Midtjylland last season and operates predominantly as a holding midfielder, having scored twice in 69 games for his current club.
Interestingly, the midfielder was left out of their Champions League qualifier against Celtic just last night, suggesting a summer move is imminent for their star man.
With Jonjo Shelvey a doubt for the opening game of the season, Joe Willock back at Arsenal (for now) and Matty Longstaff expected to be loaned out in the coming weeks, Steve Bruce has made it known that he’s in the market for at least one new midfielder.
Here’s what he said after Sunday’s pre-season friendly at York:
“We’re very, very short in the middle of the park at the minute.
“Very, very short. It’s something we need to address.”