One area Newcastle should address in January is the lack of creativity at the top of the pitch. Leicester’s James Maddison has been cited in some circles as a priority target once the winter window opens.
Leicester are unwilling to lose their playmaker and have twice rejected advances from Newcastle this summer. They are trying to tie Maddison down for the long term and may opt to keep him despite his contract expiring in 2024.
There will be other options on the shortlist. sports witness cited a Spanish report that Kang-in Lee from Mallorca is one of them. It’s not the first time the South Korean has been warned of a move to Tyneside. The Sun’s Alan Nixon reported Newcastle were interested late last summer under the previous regime.
Back then, Valencia were desperate to sell Lee as he had just been rejected for a new contract. The La Liga club ended up releasing him with Mallorca taking him. He hit Newcastle’s radar again after an encouraging start to the season.
Lee usually plays as an attacking midfielder or on the right wing. This season he is one of the strikers in a 5-3-2 formation producing one goal and 3 assists. His versatility could be one of the reasons he stayed at the top of Steve Nickson’s long recruiting list.
The 21-year-old is a full South Korean international and was linked with Real Madrid earlier in his career. He is very experienced despite his young age with over 100 appearances for Valencia and Mallorca. His contract does not expire until 2025.