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Newcastle United are reportedly preparing an offer for Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout. France international Veretout is a regular under Jose Mourinho in Rome, having started 18 out of 19 Serie A games so far this season. The only match he did miss was due to suspension.
Newcastle are in desperate need of improvement to their squad next month.
And, with the backing of their new owners, Eddie Howe is set to spend big.
England right-back Kieran Trippier is heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park as Eddie Howe aims to bolster his backline.
But defence is not the only area that the Magpies boss believes needs attention.
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Italian outlet FootMercato claims there is interest in Roma star Veretout.
The report says the Saudi Arabian owners are preparing a ‘window of madness’ at Newcastle and Veretout is the latest player to be targeted.
Newcastle are preparing an offer for the 28-year-old, who still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Roma.
Veretout has four goals and five assists to his name from central midfield in Serie A this season.
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He has firmly become a favourite of Mourinho since the Portuguese took over the reins as manager in the summer.
Veretout has experience of English football, having spent a couple of years on the books of Aston Villa.
He played 25 times in the 2015/16 season, when Villa were relegated to the Championship, before going on loan to Saint-Etienne.
He is currently in his third season at Roma, second as a permanent signing after joining on loan from Fiorentina in 2019.
There is no mention from FootMercato of how much Newcastle are set to offer for Veretout and what Roma would ask for his signature.
Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League, two points from safety.
However, all three clubs above them have games in hand, including Burnley who have four.
Speaking earlier this week, former Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer claimed players will only want to join Newcastle for the money.
“I question anybody right now who went to Newcastle,” he said on talkSPORT.
“No disrespect to Newcastle, listen, I’ve loved playing at Newcastle, I think it’s a fantastic football club.
“But I think they’re down, I think they’re relegated. So why would you be going there?
“The only reason you’d be going there, if you’re an international footballer, because you’ve got the World Cup around the corner, the only reason you’d be going there is because of money.
“That is for sure. That’s my personal opinion.”
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