Expected Newcastle United appointment to raid former club for ‘game-changing’ £60m gem

Michael Olise is a reported Newcastle United target - and Dougie Freedman may hold the key should he be appointed sporting director

Newcastle United remain keen on Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, according to reports.

The player is understood to be aware of the Magpies’ interest as he approaches a key moment in his career. Olise, who was on Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City’s books as a youngster, has developed into one of the Premier League’s top wingers at Selhurst Park.

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The 22-year-old broke through at Reading before being poached by Palace in 2021. Ironically, the man who oversaw his arrival in South London, Dougie Freedman, could make Olise his first major signing on Tyneside.

The sporting director appears the front-runner to replace Dan Ashworth at St James’ Park and could be appointed as early as next week. Freedman could prove a vital weapon in persuading Olise to join the Saudi-backed revolution.

Both Manchester clubs and Liverpool have been linked with the Palace talisman. A year ago, Olise rejected an approach from Chelsea after they triggered his £35million release clause.

The forward penned a new deal with a higher fee for any potential suitor. Various sources claim £60million as the price PIF must pay to lure Olise to Newcastle but the Daily Mail are reporting that the true figure is lower.

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Signing Olise would be a game-changer for the Magpies, who have struggled on the right flank all season. Miguel Almiron and Jacob Murphy have hardly cemented their place down while youngster Yankuba Minteh will likely spend another season out on loan.

Minteh aside, who is regarded as a youth player, Newcastle are yet to sign a right-sided attacker since the Saudi-backed takeover. Olise is rumoured to be open for a summer switch following another impressive campaign for Palace.

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