Chris Waugh, the Magpies writer for The Athletic, expressed this opinion when appearing on Pod on the Tyne in the wake of rumours from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano that the Toon were interested in signing the Red Bull Salzburg attacker.
Their quest appears to have led them to Sesko, and once images of his agent wandering the north-east surfaced, the rumour mill naturally went into overdrive.
While he acknowledged he didn’t know why Elvis Basanovic was in Newcastle, Waugh did mention that his 19-year-old client is undoubtedly someone Dan Ashworth and company are interested in.
He said: “I’ve attempted to get in touch with them, but they haven’t responded. I can’t say for sure why he was on Tyneside. However, I can say that Sesko is a player who Newcastle likes, one of many players they like, and that Sesko is a player who a lot of other people like as well.
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He is viewed as one of Europe’s possible future great things, and clubs like Bayern Munich and others are keeping an eye on him. Although I don’t believe it has yet, he is a viable possibility for Newcastle and someone they are exploring as a possible replacement for Hugo Ekitike.
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The Slovenian, who Jacek Kulig, a football talent scout, has dubbed the “next Erling Haaland,” might very well be the tipped to become the next young striker which Howe would love.
Despite making only 14 starts all season, the Slovenian shooter had 37 appearances for RB Salzburg last season, scoring 11 goals and providing seven assists. He was directly involved in a goal every 87 minutes.
He has already begun the new season in Austria and is off to a strong start with two goals and an assist in two games.
With a £55 million price tag, it is debatable if PIF would be willing to risk all and pay that amount in the remaining time frame.
Stuart Dallas is still healing from a fractured leg while Junior Firpo is sidelined for up to eight weeks. Although the American coach mentioned that Jack Harrison and Pascal Struijk may be “solutions,” he also made a suggestion that the Whites should turn to the market to fill the void.
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Leeds just paid £12.8 million to sign Firpo, but Marshment now claims that Max would represent a significant “improvement” if signed. Firpo has been criticised for his performances and called a “huge let-down” by Daily Mirror columnist David Anderson.
He stated, “I’m astonished too, £7m, but I’ve looked a little further into it, and he’s got two years remaining on his term and he’s never completely settled at PSV even though he’s had a reasonably nice career there,” on the JustJoe Football Show.
“I’d be more than glad to see him return because he has eight goals and 18 assists in 91 games for them, which when you consider those figures for a full-back, is a very good level.
“He seems like a big improvement over Firpo to me.
However, Victor Orta should do further investigation. I’ve heard from a few people who are more knowledgeable about the Eredivisie that “well really, defensively he’s a bit questionable and that’s why PSV are prepared to let him leave.”
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28-year-old Max has been a reliable danger down the left side over the past several years, and with Rasmus Kristensen’s destructive effect on the right, Marsch could have found another winner.
In 209 appearances at left-back for his two most recent clubs, Augsburg and PSV, he averaged a goal return of fewer than every four games while contributing 40 assists and 15 goals.
Leeds supporters will undoubtedly be excited at the idea of the three-cap Germany ace moving to Yorkshire, however it is unclear whether Victor Orta will try to uncover any defensive weaknesses he may have.