There’s a report in Belgium paper Les Sports+ today that Newcastle are interested in former Everton and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who now has short hair.
The 87 capped Belgium International (18 goals) joined Shandong Luneng at the end of January 2019, and he has since played 57 times for them with 21 goals.
We have only one signing so far, and it’s an excellent one in 31 year-old right back Kieran Trippier whop was our best player in the 1-0 defeat by Cambridge last Saturday.
Fellaini has just turned 34, so he is no spring chicken, but Eddie Howe apparently sees him as a player who greatly assist Newcastle over the next few years in building a top class Newcastle side.
His contract at Shandong Luneng runs through the end of 2025, but it’s being reported he would be keen to return to the Premier League.
Whether he would want to join Newcastle United in their current lowly position we don’t know, but Amanda Staveley and company are interested in the 6ft 5ins midfielder.
Other clubs are also interested in him, which is not surprising.
Here is an excerpt from the report in Le Sports+
“Several clubs, including Newcastle, want Fellaini!”
“Exiled in China for three years, Marouane Fellaini is spending happy days with Shandong Taishan where he extended, last June, until 2025.”
“The former Red Devil is a real star in China. The double, Cup / Championship, achieved by his club has only reinforced the fame of the one who has scored ten goals and delivered one assist this season.”
“Like fine wine, Fellaini, who is in sparkling physical form, improves over time.”
“So much so that at 34 years old, and after his fine performances this season with Shandong Taishan, Marouane Fellaini is arousing envy.”
“Many clubs want to repatriate him to Europe, including the nouveau riche English at Newcastle who see him as the ideal man to build their new team.”
We now have 20 days left in this transfer window, and defenders and at least one good striker are the absolute minimum priority.
And Newcastle are in danger of losing to Watford at home on Saturday if we cannot bring a striker in by then, because who will score the goals?
What do you think?