Eddie Howe tells Newcastle to sign target Aston Villa in over £9m bid

Eddie Howe has made an “explicit request” to Newcastle United to sign Marcus Thuram from Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Toons are also poised to edge out interest from Aston Villa.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who are reporting the Magpies are ahead in a race to transfer the 25-year-old. Thuram is out of contract at Borussia Park next summer and rules out a new signing. So Gladbach now has to think about his future there.

A host of clubs are monitoring Thuram’s situation as they consider taking action or waiting in January. Many of the French forward’s suitors don’t want to risk missing out on the nine-cap international. But some of the interested teams see the advantage in a free transfer.

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Newcastle are ready to convince Borussia Monchengladbach to sign Marcus Thuram

Newcastle fall in the camp of sides looking to sign Thuram under Howe’s instructions in January. The Toon boss has urged bosses at St James’ Park to come to an agreement with Borussia Monchengladbach over the winter and is ready to meet the Bundesliga club’s demands.

Newcastle are preparing a bid worth over €10m (£9m) for the coveted World Cup runners-up. Howe hopes Thuram can help keep the Magpies at the top end of the Premier League table now that they have moved up to second place after beating Leicester City 3-0.

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However, Aston Villa are also interested in Thuram but they follow Newcastle’s pursuit. Tottenham Hotspur could also switch for the centre-forward, having already spoken to the attacker’s representatives. As is Manchester United with Erik ten Hag pushing for offensive deals.

Ten Hag is determined to strengthen his front line at Old Trafford and sees Thuram as ideal for his desired profile. Also appealing to the Red Devils are the low costs associated with the striker as his contract ends in June. While Inter Milan are still hoping for a free deal.

Inter Milan know Marcus Thuram appreciates a move to Serie A

Inter Milan have had their sights on Thuram for some time and remain in touch with his entourage via a pre-contract agreement. The Nerazzurri also know that the Borussia Monchengladbach striker’s camp appreciates the potential of a move to Serie A for the Parma-born star.

But Premier League interest, with clubs like Newcastle ready to sign Thuram in January, threatens Inter Milan’s pursuit. Borussia Mönchengladbach could also back his departure in January for a fee despite his importance in attacking boss Daniel Farke.

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Thuram has offered the former Norwich City head coach 13 goals and four assists in 17 games this season. His tally includes 10 goals and three assists in 15 Bundesliga games for opposing directors to also cite French legend Lilian Thuram’s son this season.

“Thuram is a world-class striker,” said Wolfsburg’s sporting director Marcel Schäfer in October of this year in Kicker quotes. “You have to say it like that. He has world-class format.”

Wolfsburg’s head coach Niko Kovac also stated before the World Cup duel against Borussia Mönchengladbach: “He is the life insurance for Gladbach and a guarantee that they are so high up in the table.” The Foals are eighth in the Bundesliga after 28 goals this season -Tabel.

In other news, ‘The Right Fit’: The Sky pundit believes the ‘game-changer’ will secure the Newcastle transfer

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