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NEWCASTLE ‘READY’ TO PAY £17M FOR TARGET WHO’S JANUARY MOVE COLLAPSED

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NEWCASTLE ‘READY’ TO PAY £17M FOR TARGET WHO’S JANUARY MOVE COLLAPSED

Newcastle United are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker and are willing to spend £17 million for the former Paris Saint-Germain player, according to BILD.

Newcastle is learning the hard way, just as it did in January, that money can only buy you so much happiness.

Sven Botman, Jerry St Juste, Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Sule are just some of the players who turned down moves to St James’ Park in favor of Champions League clubs in 2022/23.

Bayer Leverkusen have secured a seat at Europe’s top table themselves, sitting six points clear of fifth-place Freiburg with just one Bundesliga game remaining.

Bakker will have a difficult decision to make then, if BILD’s prophecy comes true. 

NEWCASTLE ‘READY’ TO PAY £17M FOR TARGET WHO’S JANUARY MOVE COLLAPSED

NEWCASTLE WANT MITCHEL BAKKER FROM BAYER LEVERKUSEN

The all-action left-back agreed a move to Newcastle in January, per The Telegraph. A potential £14.5 million switch fell through at the 11th hour, however, after Leverkusen seemingly got cold feet. 

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The 2002 Champions League runners-up might not be too eager to rubber stamp a deal this time around either. Daley Sinkgraven, you see, is Leverkusen’s only other left-back. And the former Ajax youngster is not exactly in favour at the Bay Arena.

BILD add that Newcastle are ‘ready’ to pay £17 million for Bakker. That is some £2.5 million more than they were set to send Leverkusen’s way in January. The Netherlands U21 international has played 29 games this season, scoring once and providing a respectable four assists. 

Newcastle are apparently interested in a variety of left-backs, including Bakker. Despite Matt Targett’s strong performances since his January arrival from Aston Villa, Eddie Howe and co. are unsure whether to make his loan a permanent one, according to The Athletic.

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NEWCASTLE ‘READY’ TO PAY £17M FOR TARGET WHO’S JANUARY MOVE COLLAPSED

“I think it’s a very possible (move),” Dutch expert Marcel Van der Krann told talkSPORT of Bakker.  

“He’s made for English football. He has pace and flair. Players like Kieran Trippier, he is very similar. 

“He is not afraid of the big crowds or the pressure. I think he would do well and if there’s a chance for the club to sign him, I think he would be a very good asset.” 

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