Newcastle hoped to keep the identity of their second January transfer signing a secret amid the latest news.
NEWCASTLE made their first January transfer window signing on Friday.
Newcastle had hoped to keep their interest in Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell a secret, but word has now spread that the Magpies are ramping up their pursuit of the out-of-favour midfielder.
The news comes as Eddie Howe and his team are rumored to have made a second bid for Sven Botman, just hours after completing their first deal of the window.
The Toon have had a busy Friday, and indeed a busy January window so far, as they fight to avoid relegation.
Kieran Trippier, a former Atletico Madrid midfielder, was unveiled this morning, leaving their rivals envious.
With more than three weeks left in the transfer window, Newcastle appear to be in no mood to rest on their laurels, with several targets still in their sights.
Cantwell is one of them, according to The Telegraph, and the club’s interest in him is growing.
Divock Origi is one of Newcastle’s ‘four attacking targets,’ according to new Callum Wilson concerns.
According to the report, behind-the-scenes figures at St James’ Park hoped to keep the pursuit ‘under wraps.’
That is likely due in part to the fact that, given Cantwell’s situation at Norwich, a number of clubs may be interested in signing him.
Cantwell was frozen out under Daniel Farke’s predecessor, and while new boss Dean Smith appears to be giving the 23-year-old a chance, he was frozen out under Daniel Farke.
This season, he has only made eight Premier League appearances, with no goals or assists to show for it.
The Canaries are widely expected to be relegated, which may provide Cantwell with additional motivation to seek a new challenge.
Newcastle’s interest is likely to be sparked by his outstanding debut season in the Premier League in 201920.
He scored six goals and added two assists for a struggling Norwich side as a teenager before following them down to the Championship last season.
The Magpies are reportedly considering another bid for Lille defender Sven Botman, in addition to considering a move for Cantwell.
The Dutchman, who is thought to be Newcastle’s main defensive target, has been marked as ‘not for sale.’
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