There have been reports suggesting Newcastle United may go back in for Gamid Agalarov in the summer after showing heavy interest in him during the January transfer window.
Gamid Agalarov was heavily linked with Premier League side Newcastle in January but no official bid was made. Although there has been no official bid for the Russian striker, the Magpies are expected to make an approach for him in the upcoming transfer window.
Agalarov has been impressive this season in the Premier Liga, he has scored 18 goals in 26 games whilst also chipping in with one assist.
With the Saudi takeover at Newcastle, it is expected that the summer transfer window will be a busy one in terms of bringing players in the door at St. James’s Park, and striker may be one of the positions that Eddie Howe will prioritise because their current top scorer Callum Wilson has netted just six times in the Premier League.
We noted two knock-on effects if Agalarov was to join Newcastle United in the summer ahead of next season.
Eddie Howe will be buzzing
Agalarov has been impressive for his side this season in terms of stats in the league, he has the highest average player rating per game (7.16), the most goals and assist (19), the second-highest is Oleg Ivanov with four, and he also the top scorer in the entire division with 18 goals, five above second place, as per Sofascore.
Although Newcastle have remarkably climbed out of the drop zone and into the top half of the table, they have lacked goals and Wilson remains their top scorer with six goals despite not featuring at all this calendar year.
At just 21-years-old, Agalarov still has plenty of time to develop into a better player, so if Howe can tie him down to a long-term deal, then he could potentially become a feared striker in the Premier League in years to come.
Callum Wilson on the way out
Callum Wilson has been out of action for Newcastle since 27 December when he picked up an injury against Manchester United. He was one of the only players in the first half of the season who was playing well for Newcastle, he scored six goals in 15 Premier League games.
However, if Agalarov was brought into St James’s Park in the summer, then Wilson may be shown the door after Chris Wood was also brought in during January, so it will be likely that he will get the nod over the English striker.
Do you think Wilson will leave Newcastle?
There is no doubting the £18m-rated Wilson’s ability given he has been a proven goalscorer in the Premier League for a number of years now. However, his long injury record does make him incredibly unreliable and it certainly could have had a bigger impact on their season had they not invested in January.