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REPORT: Wout Weghorst Tempts Arsenal and Newcastle United

Rangy Dutch striker Wout Weghorst has emerged as a potential close-season target for goal-shy Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Wout Weghorst Tempts Arsenal and Newcastle United

Wolfsburg Striker Heading to England?

German newspaper Bild report that the 6’5″ VfL Wolfsburg goal-getter looks set to leave the Bundesliga club this summer and will command a fee somewhere in the region of £32 million.

Weghorst has chipped in with 16 goals in 32 league appearances for his club side this season, having weighed in with 17 for Die Wölfe previously. He managed 18 for Eredivisie side AK Alkmaar in the campaign before that.

New Target Man For Gunners or Toon?

Such consistency would benefit both Mikel Arteta and Steve Bruce’s respective sides, who have had to endure relying on misfiring strikers for large parts of the Premier League season.

At Arsenal, doubts still linger over the immediate futures of marquee partnership Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang and Alexandre Lacazette, with the former reportedly open to pastures new after a disappointing season and the latter rumoured to be surplus to requirements after a number of discipline breaches.

Whilst strikers Joelinton and Dwight Gayle have found the net for Newcastle in recent fixtures against Sheffield United and Aston Villa respectively, the Toon Army’s five recognised senior strikers – including Andy Carroll, Miguel Almirón and Yoshinori Muto – have only amassed five Premier League goals in 2019/20.

The north-east powerhouse look set to be the beneficiaries of a war chest of up to £300 million should Mike Ashley’s prolonged sale of the club be finalised with a Saudi Arabian based consortium within the coming days. If that fails, American interest has also been reported.

Premier League Ready

It would seem in Weghorst, any potential Premier League suitor would be acquiring a player who on paper looks ideal for the physical nature of the division.

The 27-year-old has been capped four times for his country but has yet to bag an international goal. He made his debut against England in a 1-0 home defeat for the Netherlands in March 2018.

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