Newcastle United Blog | Report names two former targets back on Newcastle radar
Callum Wilson is set to be out until February, adding a striker has become a priority in the winter window. The 29-year-old suffered a calf injury against Manchester United, forcing him to step away just before half-time.
There has been no official confirmation of the extent of Wilson’s injury. It is believed to be a muscle tear in his calf that will sideline him for the next four to six weeks. In addition to Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin also suffered a calf injury that could threaten his availability for Watford in two weeks.
As a result of these developments, Newcastle has rekindled interest in some targets of former strikers. This is from Liam Kennedy in Newcastle World who names Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele as being back on Newcastle’s target list.
It was Kennedy who initially signaled Newcastle’s interest in Jovic’s loan in the summer of 2020. The 24-year-old found himself on loan at Frankfurt in January.
Jovic has struggled since moving his money from Frankfurt to Real Madrid in 2019. The Serbian international has only scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for the Spain giants, including just 1 in 13 appearances this quarter.
Jovic could be a decent option on loan for the second half of this season. Although his poor form, he only scored 4 times on loan with Frankfurt last season, would be a concern.
The same concerns are attached to French striker Moussa Dembele. The 25-year-old has only found the back of the net 5 times since the start of the 2020-21 season. In the second half of last season he had a terrible time on loan with Atletico Madrid.
Dembele was chased by injuries which made his poor form worse. He started this season well scoring 4 goals in his first 5 matches, but a leg injury then sidelined him for two months.
Jovic and Dembele are both talented players who need fresh starts. Their recent struggles have seen their values plummet. Getting one of the two on loan with an option to buy could prove to be an attractive endeavor depending on the availability of other targets.