Newcastle United ‘lodge enquiry’ for £41m Anthony Gordon alternative

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Newcastle United could make a move if they fail to sign Everton’s Anthony Gordon.

Newcastle United have reportedly enquired about Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Malcom as a potential alternative to Anthony Gordon.

Eddie Howe’s side are locked in talks with Everton to sign Gordon this month, who is pushing for a move to St James’ Park after failing to turn up to training for the last three days.

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However, a transfer fee is yet to be agreed. The Toffees value the 21-year-old closer towards the £60million Chelsea were willing to pay for him in the summer. Newcastle, however, won’t meet that figure.

And should a deal for Gordon fail to materialise, French publication Foot Mercato claims Malcom could come into the Magpies’ thinking.

Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Malcom. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Malcom. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Malcom. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

The Brazilian started his career at Corinthians before making the switch to Europe with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. After two years in France, Malcom joined Barcelona in a deal worth £36.5m. The 25-year-old spent just one season in Spain after the La Liga giants cashed in by accepting Zenit’s £41m offer in 2019.

Malcom has scored 31 goals and provided 22 assists in 98 appearances for the Russian club. He recently signed a new long-term contract last summer until 2027.

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While Newcastle are said to have asked about the player, Foot Mercato also claims he’s been offered to Paris Saint-Germain and sporting director Luis Campos is an admirer.

United have until Tuesday’s deadline - the same day as the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton - to sign a replacement for Chris Wood, who joined Nottingham Forest on an initial loan deal last week.

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