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Newcastle United: Duncan Castles on interest in Gosens

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Duncan Castles has claimed that Newcastle United do hold an interest in Robin Gosens while speaking on The Transfer Window podcast.

While it would seem that Newcastle have much more pressing issues when it comes to improving their starting lineup than bringing in a new left-back – with the likes of centre-back, a creative midfielder and striker appearing a lot more necessary given the number of goals they’ve conceded, lack of goals they’ve scored and severe lack of chances created per game (as per FBRef) – 90min has claimed that Gosens is certainly on their radar.

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Although Gosens impressed with Germany at Euro 2020, having appeared four times and managed to score once while registering two assists, he hasn’t played for Atalanta since September due to an injury, so he would arrive relatively cold in terms of first-team football.

However, Castles has claimed that both Newcastle and Gosens himself are interested in the move.

“My information is that he’s [Zapata] ready to move, as is his teammate, Robin Gosens, a Germany left wing-back. Again, Atalanta’s price for the player is over €40m on a transfer fee.

“The player would come and is interested in going to Newcastle. It’s not a position that’s absolutely top of the list, but it’s always been on the list for this window and Atalanta are waiting to see if they get acceptable offers for those two from Newcastle to sell.”

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If Newcastle were able to bring in Gosens this window and could guarantee his fitness would be fine on his arrival, the Magpies would be getting a defender who loves to get forward. He registered the fourth-most touches in the attacking third last season for Atalanta, while his statistical profile has been compared to the likes of Theo Hernandez, Jordi Alba and Reece James when it comes to full-backs, according to analytics site FBRef.

Given Newcastle’s predicament at the bottom of the Premier League, they need players to be arriving fit and ready to hit the ground running, so with Gosens’ injury problems this campaign, spending €40m (£33m) on him could prove to be a risky move and one they can ill afford to make.

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