Newcastle’s owners are ‘lining up a January agreement’ to solve Eddie Howe’s major problem.
Eddie Howe is reportedly close to becoming Newcastle United’s new manager.
According to reports, Newcastle United are interested in signing Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha in the January transfer window.
The Magpies are currently fighting for Premier League survival after failing to win a single match this season. They are set to appoint Eddie Howe as their new manager in the coming days.
When the mid-season window opens at the turn of the year, the club’s new Saudi-led ownership group will be tasked with bolstering the club’s ranks.
Newcastle are expected to spend heavily in January, with the consortium in question reportedly valued at over £300 billion thanks to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s involvement.
In recent weeks, the Magpies have been linked with a number of high-profile players, including Mauro Icardi of PSG and Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona.
Newcastle, on the other hand, appears to be looking to save money by signing Strakosha for a low fee.
According to The Sun, the Lazio goalkeeper has been identified as one to watch in January by those in charge at St James’ Park, with their chief scout traveling to watch him play in the Europa League last month.
Newcastle have already given up 24 goals in the Premier League this season, and a new goalkeeper is said to be one of the options being considered.
According to the report, Strakosha is looking for a new challenge after spending his entire career with Lazio.
When his current contract expires at the end of the season, he will be free to leave the Italian club.
Newcastle, on the other hand, is hoping to get ahead of the competition by signing him before the end of the year.
On January 1, the Tyneside club plans to sign a pre-contract agreement with Strakosha before offering Lazio a small fee to sign him immediately.
After only appearing in the Europa League for Lazio this season, the 26-year-old is said to be interested in joining Newcastle, despite the fact that veteran Pepe Reina has established himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper in Serie A.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether Howe was involved in Newcastle’s decision to pursue a Strakosha transfer.
The former Bournemouth manager is rumored to have agreed to join the Magpies on a verbal basis.
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