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Newcastle ‘eye double swoop for Bournemouth duo Josh King and David Brooks’ despite £30m budget

Newcastle United are planning on raiding relegated Bournemouth for attacking duo Josh King and David Brooks, according to reports. 

The Cherries were relegated from the Premier League last month after a five-season stay in the top-flight and the south coast club are expecting an exodus of first-team stars. 

The Magpies, on the other hand, finished in mid-table in England’s top division but will only have a transfer kitty of £30million this summer.

And according to the Telegraph, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is keen on both King and Brooks to St James’ Park this year despite the limited transfer budget. 

Newcastle are in need of some attacking creativity after a disappointing debut season for £40million signing Joelinton, who scored just two goals last term. 

Beyond that, the Magpies have Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, who have both struggled for form, while Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto is being put up for sale. 

Since gaining promotion with Bournemouth in 2015, Norwegian striker King has netted double digit Premier League goal tallies in two out of his five top-flight campaigns and is rated at around £20million. 

In total, the 28-year-old has 50 goals in 167 appearances for the Cherries, while he also has 17 career international goals for Norway. 

23-year-old midfielder Brooks has endured a more frustrating season on the south coast, picking up a serious ankle injury at the start of the 2019-20 season which ruled him out for 12 months.

The young Englishman returned in time for Project Restart after the season was halted by coronavirus and scored once in the nine Premier League appearances he managed to register. 

Following Bournemouth’s relegation last month, the Cherries are looking to recoup as close to the £11.5million fee they signed the ex-Sheffield United midfielder for in 2018. 

The transfer window opened on July 27 and will shut for Premier League sides on October 5. The 2020-21 Premier League campaign will begin on September 12. 

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