CBS Sports Journalist Ben Jacobs suspects Newcastle United could return with a late bid for James Maddison if Chelsea fail in their bid to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City.
The Magpies have had a fairly quiet window so far this summer with Nick Pope, Sven Botman and Matt Targett their only confirmed arrivals so far.
Newcastle announced on Friday afternoon that they have agreed a £60m deal for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.
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A club statement said: “Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of Alexander Isak for an undisclosed fee. The 6’4″ striker arrives from Real Sociedad and has signed a long-term contract at St .James’ Park.”
At the end of the deal for Isak, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said: “I am very happy that Alexander has chosen to join us. He is an exceptional talent who is capable of making a great contribution to the team.
“He is technically very good, with a mix of attributes that will complement us, but he is also at a great age to grow with this club.
“I want to thank the club owners and the transfer committee for bringing Alexander to Newcastle. We are all delighted to have him on board.
Sweden international Isak can’t wait to get started, he said: “I’m glad I did it. It was a big, big decision for me, but it’s a decision I’m really happy with.
“It’s a great, historic club that I think everyone would love to play for, with amazing fans. They’ve been a big part of why I came here – and also the club’s project, which I really believe.
“You always want to get into a team and know how they play. Newcastle play very attractive football and I want to be a part of that.
But CBS Sports‘ Jacobs wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle pursue Isak transfer with another offer for Maddison if Chelsea fall through disembark Fofana from Leicester.
Talking about the latest episode of NUFC QuestionsJacobs said: “Newcastle learned very quickly that Leicester not only would not sell Fofana and Maddison, but would like to offer Maddison a new contract.
“So I guess late in the window you could come back with an offer if you’re at Newcastle. I’m not saying they will. But that’s a tactic, isn’t it, if Fofana is still there and Newcastle feel there’s opportunism and they don’t have another target so you could just come back and say take it or leave it and Newcastle have been very good one more times, to be tactical with their offerings and stick to their guns.