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Newcastle and Leipzig have now held preliminary talks for Ademola Lookman transfer – Sky Sports

2 years ago

Sky Sports in Germany first broke news of Newcastle United interest in Ademola Lookman.

The 22 year old England Under 21 winger not enjoying his time at Red Bull Leipzig.

Heading there for £16m from Everton in the summer to get regular first team football, only to suffer due to Leipzig’s success.

The players on the pitch doing the business as the club are surprise leaders of the Bundesliga and Ademola Lookman, hardly having a…look in, with only 132 minutes and one league start this season.

Sky Sports (UK one) have now given an update.

Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports, says that preliminary discussions have now taken place between the two clubs.

With Red Bull Leipzig and Newcastle United holding talks as to the terms of a potential loan agreement, with an option to buy in the summer, if the move works out.

Sky Sports also report that their information is that Ademola Lookman is keen to leave Leipzig and return to the Premier League.

There are just over three weeks remaining of this January transfer window and it is obvious that Newcastle need extra creativity and goals to be added.

Steve Bruce himself has admitted that he wants to bring in at least one player up front and has claimed that the club are targeting ‘top, top players’ in this January transfer window.

The Mag – Earlier today (Wednesday 8 January 2020):

Ademola Lookman could be on his way to Newcastle United according to Sky Sports in Germany.

They report that Newcastle have made made contact regarding a loan offer with option to buy for the 22 year old.

Red Bull Leipzig paid Everton £16m only six months ago and the winger signed a five year deal, having first impressed during a loan spell in 2017/18.

He scored five goals and got three assists in only seven Bundesliga starts and four sub appearances when joining the German club on 30 January 2018 for a four month spell.

Ademola Lookman made 21 Premier League appearances for Everton last season but only three as a starter and got no PL goals and no assists.

So in search of regular first team football the winger who turned 22 in October, became part of the small but growing number of young English players moving on permanent deals to the Bundesliga.

With just 132 minutes of Bundesliga football and only one league start and two sub appearances, it has been more of the same for the player sitting on the bench week after week.

However, Ademola Lookman has largely been a victim of the club’s success, with the players on the pitch sending Red Bull Leipzig to the very top of the Bundesliga at the halfway point.

With next to no football, no goals or assists, the former Everton player is now keen on a return to the Premier League.

Newcastle are said to be hoping to attract the player by offering the guarantee of first team football.

With only seven lifetime starts in the Premier League with one goal and two assists, Ademola Lookman still has it all to prove in England in the top tier.

However, he is a quick exciting player who would obviously tick the box of fitting in with Newcastle’s choice of ‘style’ to counter-attack this season. A winger who can play on both sides, the England Under 21 international has also played as a striker through the middle.

Now eight days into the January transfer window and we wait for speculation/interest to turn into actual deals for a Newcastle side badly lacking creativity and goalscorers.


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