Newcastle United have held talks about a swoop to sign Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims via their website that the Magpies have had discussions about a potential loan deal for the 20-year-old, who only joined the Toffees from Hadjuk Split for £10million last year.
It is understood that Newcastle are also in the hunt to sign West Brom forward Salomon Rondon and Mainz’s Japan international Yoshinori Muto as Rafa Benitez eyes reinforcements to his attack.
Good move for Newcastle?
It’s hard to see why Newcastle would want to sign Vlasic.
He did not exactly impress during his debut season at Goodison Park last term as he only managed to earn 19 appearances across all competitions, in which he scored two goals and supplied one assist.
The two-times Croatia international played just four times in the Premier League between January and the end of the campaign, so signing him up this summer would be a pretty pointless move for the Magpies as the 20-year-old would not exactly improve Benitez’s attacking options.
This is Futbol rating 3/10
Likely to happen?
Vlasic can play on both wings or if needed as a number 10, but none of these areas are of major concern to Benitez yet, as before anything else he needs a new centre-forward.
A loan deal for the Croat could be put through as a late back-up option as the transfer deadline approaches, but it could just be that any nothing more.
This is Futbol rating 5/10