Newcastle United have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Leandro Trossard in January.
That is according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who has claimed that the Magpies are one of five Premier League clubs who have been offered the Brighton winger by his agent. The other clubs are Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Eddie Howe’s side were linked with Trossard throughout 2022, with Newcastle keen to bring in a new wide forward. The Belgian certainly ticked a lot of boxes, and started the current Premier League season in sublime form.
Alongside Miguel Almiron, Trossard was one of the best and most surprising players in the top flight of English football this season. He currently has seven goals, two less than Miggy.
Three of Trossard’s goals came at Anfield, where he netted a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw. After going home with the match ball, Toon legend Alan Shearer described Trossard’s feat as ‘simply magnificent‘.
Various outlets have reported on Newcastle’s interest in the 28-year-old. The Northern Echo claimed in October that Howe and co would look into a possible deal for the forward. Meanwhile, TeamTalk reported that Toon Sporting Director Dan Ashworth was desperate to sign him.
Trossard is a player that Ashworth knows well. He was the man who brought him to Brighton back in the summer of 2019.
But while there have been plenty of stories about Trossard and Ashworth possibly being reunited at St James’ Park, journalist Ben Jacobs has now provided some insight on why the talented attacker hasn’t moved to the North East yet.
Trossard offered to Newcastle, but they want someone younger
While Trossard has been offered to plenty of Premier League clubs, it appears that no one has made a move.
According to Jacobs, Liverpool and Man United ‘made it clear very quickly’ that they were not interested in buying him. As for Newcastle, Jacobs believes that they would rather sign someone younger.
At 28, Trossard is the same age as Almiron, who he would be competing with for a place in Howe’s starting XI. Looking at it like that, it is no surprise that the Magpies are looking elsewhere.
Newcastle are in the market for players with longevity rather than short-term solutions. And that is seemingly the reason why they have not taken up the offer to sign Trossard this month.
He would be an excellent player in black and white, and a fan favourite at St James’ Park if he carried on the form he has been showing at the Amex Stadium. However, Jacobs believes that Newcastle want someone younger, and that certainly falls in line with the club’s current transfer policy.