Newcastle are now in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign Timo Werner on loan from Chelsea, according to The Mirror.
The ‘exclusive’ from senior reporter John Richardson states that we currently have the edge over RB Leipzig – who have also been heavily linked – as the German is ‘desperate’ to prove himself in the Premier League.
Although any move would be an initial loan, The Mirror say that Chelsea want the deal to include an obligation to buy at the end of the 2022/23 season.
The 26-year-old is currently earning £270,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge – wages neither Newcastle or RB Leipzig are willing to offer – meaning Werner must either accept a hefty pay cut or convince Chelsea to pay a big percentage of his current salary to allow a move to go through.
The hard-working forward can play out wide or up top and scored 34 goals in his final 45 games at RB Leipzig, however he’s struggled to find the net on a consistent basis since arriving in England, managing 10 goals and 13 assists in 56 Premier League appearances.