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Newcastle United ready to poach Liverpool transfer target this summer

The Magpies are keen to sign a man also wanted by Liverpool

Newcastle United are ready to try and poach yet another Liverpool transfer target as they eye up a potential move for OGC Nice star Khephren Thuram in a bid to rejuvenate their midfield this summer.

Eddie Howe has worked miracles with the players in his current squad, helping the Magpies gain Champions League football for the first time in two decades after they finished fourth last season.

Now, they are looking to add to their squad, with midfield a key area of improvement this summer. Though Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff have both been excellent under Howe’s leadership, it is expected that at least two midfielders will arrive at St James’ Park in the coming weeks.

They are thought to be in talks over a potential move for relegated Leicester City star James Maddison, who they hold a longstanding interest in. Meanwhile, though reports of a move for Niccolo Barella have cooled since they emerged last week, they have been strongly linked with other midfielders including Conor Gallagher and Youri Tielemans (Who has since joined Aston Villa).

Now, however, they are also keen to add another midfielder to their ranks too, with Thuram in their sights as a potential option to beef up their midfield.

The Nice star has enjoyed an excellent campaign and was handed his France senior side debut in March. With two goals and four assists in Ligue 1 last season, he has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer with Jurgen Klopp also thought to be keen on signing the Frenchman.

A box-to-box midfielder, Thuram could well be available for less than £50m this summer, and is likely to make the move away from Ligue 1. With Howe on the hunt for young talent around which to build his project, the 22-year-old could fit perfectly.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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