Anthony Limbombe is a target for Newcastle once again, according to reports on Tuesday morning.
The Belgian international winger was first linked with Newcastle back in June (see below), it was claimed back then that a host of clubs were after him and that supposedly Huddersfield had offered £13m – but Club Brugge and the player were waiting to see what Newcastle and other clubs would do, before making a decision.
The latest claims from Belgium see HLN report that Newcastle United and other clubs are now bidding to buy the 24 year old.
It is further claimed in the media that Rafa Benitez is happy to sell Christian Atsu to then help pay, and make space for, Anthony Limbombe.
The season in Belgium has already kicked off, with Club Brugge beating Standard Liege 2-1 in the Super Cup on Sunday 22 July, then this last Sunday (29 July) they beat AS Eupen 5-2 in the opening league match.
Anthony Limbombe was left out of both matchday squads, appearing to indicate that Club Brugge are intending to sell and the player will leave for a new club, whether that is Newcastle United remains to be seen.
Nine days until transfer deadline day…
The Mag – 19 June 2018:
Newcastle United have registered their interest with Club Brugge and are set to come in with their bid for Anthony Limbombe this week, according to HLN in Belgium.
The winger who can also play as a striker, was born in Belgium and played his early football there.
However, he joined NEC in the Dutch second tier in 2014 as a 20 year old and scored 14 times as he helped them to promotion, the following season scoring seven times in the Dutch top division.
That brought a £2m return to Belgium with Club Brugge signing him two years ago, the first signing a disappointment with only 12 league starts and no goals.
However, this past season saw Anthony Limbombe become a regular and he scored six goals, making 29 league starts and another three off the bench.
The winger helped Club Brugge win the regular season easily, then also emerge victorious from the Championship play-offs, which means they go straight into the Champions League group stages.
Despite the Champions League football and cash, club and player are set to part company.
They state that Huddersfield have already bid £13m which is the original price Club Brugge were looking for.
However, with both Newcastle and Southampton having already approached the Belgian club, the player’s agents have been led to expect bids from these two by the end of the week, so will wait to see who comes up with the best offer for their player.
A lot of links appearing with regard to Newcastle and players in Belgium, so this is another for the list.
Anthony Limbombe made his first appearance for the Belgium national senior side in March but wasn’t selected for the World Cup squad, so if any transfer is in the offing for any club the World Cup won’t delay it.