A list has just been published of the most expensive transfers involving players who are uncapped by England.
Amongst the seven most costly deals, it features one Newcastle star and two Sunderland players.
Topping the list is Jordan Pickford, the Mackems having pocketed £25m (with another £5m depending on appearances) for a keeper who has only made 31 Premier League appearances.
Second in the top seven is another transfer from yesterday, with Harry Maguire moving from Hull to Leicester for £17m.
Maguire only has 25 starts in the English top tier – the two transfers showing the scale of the challenge Rafa Benitez faces to bring in the right players this summer.
Interestingly though, Rafa actually signed the player who is the (joint) fifth most expensive uncapped English player.
The Newcastle boss investing £10m in Dwight Gayle last summer and being rewarded with 23 goals at a rate of a goal every 93 minutes of Championship football last season.
The Mackems also get another mention/appearance in the list, with Connor Wickham at number seven, Sunderland getting only 10 Premier League goals from the striker in the four years he was on their books, after paying Ipswich £9m.
The 7 most expensive uncapped England players as compiled by Football365:
£25m Jordan Pickford – Sunderland to Everton
£17m Harry Maguire – Hull City to Leicester City
£15m Jordon Ibe – Liverpool to Bournemouth
£12m Patrick Roberts – Fulham to Manchester City
£10m Dwight Gayle – Crystal Palace to Newcastle United
£10m James Tomkins – West Ham to Crystal Palace
£9m Connor Wickham – Ipswich to Sunderland
Football365 write up on Dwight Gayle:
‘Dwight Gayle is the strangest-looking 27-year-old adult male you have ever seen; his face tells me child, but his piercing eyes and oft-greying, oft-not hair speaks of untold but harrowing life experiences.
He is also a footballer who has commanded fees of £15m over his last three moves.
In their relentless quest to win the Championship by December, Newcastle parted with £10m for a striker who scored 15 goals in 63 Premier League games at Selhurst Park.
His record of 23 goals in 32 games for the Magpies is pretty strong, mind.
When the list of players to earn an England cap since 2010 includes Ryan Mason, Matt Jarvis and Fraizer Campbell, Gayle must be wondering what he has done wrong.’
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