Sky Sports reported Newcastle interest in Harry Wilson – Now claimed approach made as to availability
Harry Wilson made headlines last season when scoring 18 goals from the wing/midfield for Derby County.
With no chance of a game for Liverpool, the Welsh international had to go out last summer for the season to get regular football.
One year on and he is in the same position, at a club that won the Champions League and just lost out on the Premier League, the 22 year old has to look at his options.
A little cruel really because Harry Wilson has had a decent amount of time so far in pre-season for the scousers but reality is that as the new season draws close, he knows senior players will push him down amongst the also-rans.
Only 10 days after last season ended (for Newcastle), Sky Sports reported that Newcastle were ‘leading the chase’ for the winger/attacking midfielder (see below).
Now with less than two weeks until the transfer window closes and certain players need to make decisions, Football Insider report in an exclusive that both Newcastle and Aston Villa have approached Liverpool to find out what the options/value would be for a loan or permanent move.
A transfer fee of £25m has been regularly mentioned as his price tag this summer and whatever happens, it looks to be a no-brainer that Harry Wilson needs to be playing in the Premier League this coming season.
His stats and age certainly make £25m look a likely price in these mad times and Newcastle have only had a net spend of around £7m so far in these first 72 days of the transfer window.
Whilst the arrival of Joelinton is welcome, the fact remains that this is the only signing so far and Newcastle have lost half a dozen players from last season’s squad, especially when it comes to scoring and creating goals.
I think Harry Wilson is the type of player Newcastle should be going for an especially if we are looking at signings who stand the best chance of quickly integrating with so little time remaining, as Mike Ashley has allowed the transfer window to be pure chaos for the club.
I find it all but impossible to think Newcastle won’t be using their two loan options from other Premier League clubs, as Mike Ashley has been happy to increasingly use loans as a cheap way to try and ensure survival for another season.
Buying or loaning Harry Wilson would certainly seem to tick boxes in terms of what Ashley wants to do (young players with potential high resale value and/or survival on a budget via loans), so maybe this transfer story does have legs.
The Mag – 22 May 2019:
Reports on Wednesday that Newcastle United are wanting to sign Harry Wilson.
The left footed winger has been very good for Derby County this season.
With 16 goals (18 all competitions) in 39 Championship starts (plus 3 appearances off the bench), Wilson has been instrumental in Derby’s promotion push. Including scoring in the 4-2 win at Leeds which helped ease the Rams into the play-off final.
Sky Sports say that Newcastle are leading the chase, along with Brighton and Southampton.
Though surely Derby County will do everything in their power to try and sign Harry Wilson if they get promoted.
Sky Sports claim a valuation of around £25m and with the prices today, that is what you need to shell out on potential.
This season’s loan form in the second tier has followed on from a loan spell at Hull last season, when the attacking player scored 7 goals for Hull in 11 Championship starts (plus 2 appearances as a sub).
Harry Wilson has been with Liverpool from the age of nine but has not played a minute of Premier League football for them and only 25 minutes in the FA Cup for the scousers.
Having turned 22 in March he looks set to be sold this summer to help pay towards the bigger targets Liverpool will be hoping to bring in, as they look to once again be competing for the Premier League and Champions League.
He became the youngest ever international for Wales at the age of 16 years and 207 days and Liverpool signed him up on a new five year deal in 2018 to protect their asset.
Whether there is any genuine interest in Harry Wilson from Newcastle United/Rafa Benitez, this is the level of player that Newcastle surely need to be successfully competing for, in terms of potential, as well as signing more experienced players.
All Newcastle United now need is to have a manager in place for next season first….
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