Newcastle United 'impressed' by Bundesliga hitman who's already given major hint on transfer plans

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Serhou Guirassy is attracting interest from several Premier League clubs due to his impressive form for Stuggart this season

Eddie Howe is a keen admirer of Stuttgart hitman Serhou Guirassy and could plead to sign him this month, according to reports. European heavyweights are lining up for the 17-goal sensation following a ruthless first half of the campaign. Guirassy is averaging more than one goal per game and, until recently, was outperforming Harry Kane at Bayern Munich.

He only joined Stuttgart permanently in the summer but is already attracting interest from clubs across the continent. It is understood that Guirassy has a £15million release clause - a pittance for Premier League clubs.

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Newcastle United are touted as being interested in the 27-year-old as they aim to bolster their attacking options. While Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson score goals when called upon, question marks continue to be asked about their fitness. Wilson, in particular, has missed 34 per cent of the Magpies’ top-flight fixtures since arriving from Bournemouth in 2020. A calf injury ruled Wilson out for the 4-2 defeat at Liverpool and could result in him missing the rest of January.

At 32, the striker is no longer viewed as a long-term option and Guirassy may provide a cheap alternative. Financial Fair Play continues to restrict the Magpies’ outlay and, at £15million, the Guinean international would be too good to turn down. He is set to take part in the African Cup of Nations, which runs until February 11. A report from The Times claims Guirassy is one of Howe’s top transfer targets alongside Kalvin Phillips.

The piece suggests Guirassy is open to a Premier League move, with Tottenham Hotspur also expressing interest. Speaking to The Guardian last year, the striker admitted he “cannot hide” his desire to play in England. I cannot hide these things,” Guirassy said. “Everyone knows the Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world but, at this time, I don’t close any doors.

"There are some very big teams in Europe and it’s not focused only on the Premier League. At Stuttgart, we have such a good team and everything is possible in football. If we can continue to be humble like we have been so far then we have a good chance.”

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