Newcastle’s new owners want to build on their incredible takeover by completing transfers for players of the calibre of Youri Tielemans from Leicester City, according to reports. The 24-year-old’s contract with the Foxes ends in 2023 and he could be signed at a bargain price.
Tielemans has become a cult hero at Leicester but there appears to be no sign of him signing a fresh deal at Leicester.
His thumping 30-yard strike in May helped Leicester win their first-ever FA Cup. However, the Belgium international has been coy whenever asked about his future.
“There’s no update really, I’m open to everything,” Tielemans said in September.
“The transfer market has just closed, but I want to keep as many options as I can open.
“As long as I’m here I will give everything for the club. I’ve already done so, but I will do so even more.
“The contract situation is just something that is going on in football, it’s a normal situation.
“There are talks going on. I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. We will see.”
And it has been claimed that Tielemans could be one of the first signings made by the new regime at Newcastle. A Saudi Arabian-financed consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, completed the £305million takeover of the club from Mike Ashley last week.
According to the Daily Mail, they will try to make the most of Tielemans’ uncertain future at Leicester.
The midfielder is on a list of targets the club would like to sign with a huge transfer budget. Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, who is impressing on loan at Crystal Palace, is apparently another.
Staveley and the Reuben Brothers have each taken a 10 per cent share while PIF have taken 80 per cent.
She has hinted that huge amounts of money will be spent on acquiring ‘world-class’ players.
“We are in the market to compete for world class players, we have done it before,” Staveley told the Mirror.
“But we need the infrastructure around the world class players. We will get there, and we already have world-class players, we want to make sure they have the support around them.
“You do need a big balance sheet in football, but we are not here to be irrational. It is a state investment fund and there to look after the people.
“We have to do a full review, where the operations are, what we are looking at in January. It is going to take a little time.”