Newcastle United make contact with Jens Cajuste representatives – Report
Newcastle United have made contact with the representatives of Jens Cajuste, according to media in Sweden.
Sport Expressen say that Newcastle are interested in signing the 21 year old midfielder ahead of the Premier League season kicking off in just over three weeks time.
They report that as well as Newcastle United, three other Premier League clubs have also made contact for initial talks, those three being Wolves, Leeds and Crystal Palace.
For some time it has been made clear that Steve Bruce wants to sign a more athletic box to box midfielder than Newcastle currently have and Jens Cajuste could potentially fit the bill.
The 21 year old currently plays his club football in Denmark for FC Midtjylland and has also had clubs from other European leagues interested, with the Danish club already having turned down a £10m plus extras bid from Rennes, with RMC reporting that the asking price is £14m.
I still find it difficult to imagine Mike Ashley allowing any money at all to be spent this window and we are now past halfway, day 43 of the 84 day transfer window and absolutely zero action so far.
The news on Monday of Newcastle United Takeover arbitration delayed until 2022 could (SHOULD) focus Ashley’s attention on a squad that most definitely needs strengthening.
Maybe there will be one or two surprise sales to help bring in better quality, we have already seen claims of Isaac Hayden potentially getting sold…and if Steve Bruce was allowed to sign a midfielder such as Jens Cajuste then I’d imagine he’d have to let at least one of the existing ones go.
The last two seasons have seen Cajuste score just two goals in 51 appearances in the Danish league, so he doesn’t sound like someone who is going to massively help out on that front. However, I do think that Newcastle could do with a real upgrade in midfield with none of them for me totally convincing that they are good enough for what we need this coming season.
Jens Cajuste has five caps for Sweden and was part of their Euros squad this summer, though made only one brief appearance as a sub against Spain.
Whether he (or anybody else!) ends up at Newcastle remains to be seen but he certainly appears set to move on somewhere imminently. The midfielder was withdrawn from the Midtjylland squad for Tuesday night’s Champions League first leg qualifier with Celtic, the game ending 1-1 in Cajuste’s absence.
Jens Cajuste saw his fellow midfielder Frank Onyeka complete a move from Midtjylland to Brentford on Tuesday, so it looks like the Danish club are building up their cash reserves with Cajuste to follow next.
Steve Bruce revealed after Sunday’s defeat to sixth tier York City that Jonjo Shelvey may miss the start of the season with a calf injury and with both Longstaff brothers now having less than a year left on their contracts, no surprise either for me if we saw one or both of them move on.
I’m afraid we will be stuck with Jeff Hendrick but central midfield may well at last get a bit of a shake up this summer.
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