Newcastle United have joined the pursuit of Dominic Solanke but financial constraints may hamper the Magpies’ efforts to secure the Bournemouth star during the remaining weeks of the winter transfer window.
According to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ben Jacobs says Solanke is firmly on Newcastle’s radar for potential summer targets.
Newcastle’s chief executive, Darren Eales, acknowledges the financial challenges and potential player sales to comply with Premier League rules. Despite uncertainties surrounding the likes of Alexander Isak, Sven Botman, and Bruno Guimaraes, Magpies manager Eddie Howe is actively exploring the market for reinforcements, including a possible move for Solanke.
However, Newcastle’s recent inquiry into Solanke’s availability has been met with resistance from Bournemouth, who are unwilling to part with the striker in the current window, according to the Telegraph.
Cherries head coach Andoni Iraola values Solanke’s contributions, particularly with other attacking options like Dango Ouattara and Antoine Semenyo away for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Solanke, despite a modest goal record during his time at Bournemouth under Howe, is experiencing a standout season, placing him near the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
The 26-year-old’s impressive form has led to Bournemouth seeking a fee exceeding £50 million, attracting attention from both Arsenal and Newcastle. Bournemouth previously rejected a £40 million bid during the summer, showcasing their determination to retain Solanke’s services.
Journalist Ben Jacobs clarified that Newcastle has not intensified efforts to sign Solanke this January but has included him in a list of potential summer acquisitions. Jacobs expects both Newcastle and Spurs to vie for Solanke in the summer transfer window. The potential move raises tactical considerations for Solanke, given Newcastle’s current lineup.
“Bournemouth sources deny Newcastle have made an enquiry for Dominic Solanke, a player Magpies boss Eddie Howe actually signed. But Solanke is absolutely on a list of potential summer targets for Newcastle.
“I don’t think anything is possible in January. Bournemouth will resist a sale, and Newcastle can’t afford to buy now. Solanke is also thriving and stands a chance of a place at Euro 2024 on this form. It would be risky moving and disrupting his goalscoring rhythm.
“I expect Newcastle, and potentially Spurs, to try for Solanke in the summer. The downside for Solanke at Newcastle is Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson both play through the middle in a 4-3-3.
“Maybe Howe views Solanke as a Wilson replacement but, as long as he remains at the club, Solanke might worry about his game time or being played out of his preferred position.
“He has thrived in a 4-2-3-1 at Bournemouth, leading the line, and Newcastle might actually prove a tougher team, tactically speaking, to thrive in.”