According to Football Insider, Newcastle United are pushing to sign Schalke striker Matthew Hoppe.
In a new ‘exclusive’, they report that we have contacted the recently relegated German giants to ask about the 20-year-old’s availability – and it looks like they’ll be forced to sell this summer.
Not only that, the piece claims that the player’s agent has now jetted off to the UK to hold talks with a number of clubs showing interest in the USA international.
Newcastle United are believed to be one of those, while Wolves and Brentford are also named as sides in the market for the highly-rated forward.
Hoppe burst onto the scene at Schalke over the second half of the 2020/21 season, bagging a stunning hat-trick against Hoffenheim in January this year.
He then went on to score six goals in 15 starts in the Bundesliga, but couldn’t stop them from suffering relegation from the German top flight.
With Carroll and Muto released, leaving Wilson and Gayle the only two senior strikers at the club, a move for another forward could make sense – and Hoppe would fit into Mike Ashley’s transfer policy.
A potential bargain worth pursuing? Here’s a few clips of him in action: