July 18, 2024

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on May 28, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Howe offered the chance to sign 20-goal striker who Bruce wanted at SJP

Eddie Howe wants Newcastle United to compete on multiple fronts next season, which means he needs a much deeper squad.

The Magpies were pushed to the limit during the 2022/23 campaign, and certainly felt the strain around the time of the Carabao Cup final.

Now Newcastle are going to compete in the Champions League, which means more games against higher level opposition. Rotation is going to be key for Howe, who will need to rely on his squad much more.

 

 

Mouhamadou Habibou Diallo from Senegal (L) and Bruno...

Newcastle are currently looking at defensive reinforcements, but will also need to address their attack.

In terms of out-and-out strikers, the Magpies currently have Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson – two players who were excellent last season despite injury, who will both want to be starters.

It is unclear whether or not Newcastle will move for a backup option this summer, but Howe already has someone he could move for if that is what he wants.

Habib Diallo offered to Eddie Howe

According to the Chronicle, Howe has been offered the chance to bring Strasbourg striker Habib Diallo to St James’ Park. The report states that the 28-year-old is represented by the same agency as Howe.

That would open up the lines of communication between club and player, if Newcastle decide that he is the type of striker they want.

Diallo is on the back of an exceptional season in France. He scored 20 Ligue 1 goals for Strasbourg, making it the best ever campaign of his career.

The Senegal international has spent his entire club career in France, despite previous links over a move to England. In fact, he was on the Magpies’ radar once upon a time.

 

Mouhamadou Habibou Diallo from Senegal (L) and Bruno...

In late 2019, Diallo was reportedly a target for Newcastle, who were managed by Steve Bruce at the time. This was a few months after Joelinton’s arrival, when the Brazilian was failing as a number nine.

Fast forward a few years and now he is a superstar midfielder, while Diallo is still in France.

While he would arrive full of confidence after last season, it is difficult to see Newcastle signing a 28-year-old striker who is not going to be a regular starter. If the Magpies do sign a forward, it will be someone young who can learn from Wilson and Isak and go on to play a starring role in the future.

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