Newcastle line up summer move for 22-year-old Bundesliga midfielder
Source: Thehardtackle

Newcastle United have set sights on Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone as Eddie Howe angles central changes. According to Fichajes, Manu Kone has emerged as a target for Newcastle United ahead of the summer. Eddie Howe is looking for midfield options in the close season, as some departures are anticipated at St James Park.

Manu Kone on Newcastle United's radar Manu Kone was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Manchester United interested. Those links cooled off as the 22-year-old Bundesliga midfielder suffered a knee injury in pre-season that kept him out for some time.

However, he did return quite early in the season and has put in another influential display for Borussia Monchengladbach, which has brough him back into the market. His box-to-box role for the German side has thoroughly impressed many clubs, with Newcastle United the latest to come into the picture for the Frenchman.

The Magpies are eyeing a few changes to their midfield, with Eddie Howe probably anticipating a few changes. Kone's profile certainly suits Newcastle United's ideas, and they might want to make an early move for the 22-year-old Bundesliga midfielder in the summer.

Monchengladbach would demand a significant fee in return and would not stand in the way of the midfielder if he demanded a new challenge. Newcastle United might not be able to offer him Champions League or European football, but they can give him a passage into English football.

Newcastle United targeting a new midfielder Manu Kone might have emerged as a target for the Magpies, but he's not the only one on their list. Newcastle United have set sights on Brighton's Billy Gilmour while keeping tabs on Leicester City's soon-to-be free agent Wilfried Ndidi. Both are considered more feasible candidates who could add value to their midfield and suit Newcastle's pockets.

There's also interest in Morten Hjulmand, but the Danish midfielder who plays for Sporting CP will pay a considerable fee should they chase him. Overall, Howe will want to sign one or two central midfielders in the summer, although their priority would be to bring a couple of centre-backs.