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Newcastle United earmark Christian Pulisic as prime January target

Newcastle United are prepared to make a January move for Christian Pulisic, according to The Mirror.

The 24-year-old is reportedly at the top of Newcastle’s wishlist, with Leeds United’s Jack Harrison and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard also being eyed.

Pulisic was instrumental for the United States en route to their round-of-16 exit at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar where he supplied one goal and two assists, while also winning two man-of-the-match awards.

However, he has struggled for regular minutes at Chelsea having made just three league starts this term – the most recent of which came at right wing-back in a 4-1 defeat to Brighton.

With another transfer window fast approaching, Pulisic’s future at Stamford Bridge is up in the air once again having been linked with moves away from west London last summer.

Manchester United and Juventus were among the teams to have shown an interest in landing the winger and the Red Devils are believed to still be keen.

However, with Chelsea set to start their asking price for Pulisic around £40 million, Newcastle could have the edge as Juventus are currently faced with an internal crisis, while Man United would only prefer a loan swoop.

Should Newcastle manage to get a deal for Pulisic over the line, it could prove crucial in their hunt for a top-four finish off the back of a blistering start to the current season.

Eddie Howe’s men sit third in the Premier League table, four points clear of Erik ten Hag’s men in fifth, albeit having played a game more.

Ahead of a friendly against La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano next Saturday, The Magpies are set to return to England later today from their warm-weather training camp in Saudi Arabia where they claimed a 5-0 victory over Al-Hilal Saudi on Thursday.

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