It is no secret that Newcastle United want a striker in the January transfer window and are believed to be scouring Europe for one that fits the bill, with manager Eddie Howe keen to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
With the Magpies rooted in the Premier League relegation zone and only a short window to strengthen their squad in order to alleviate this, their winter business has taken on even more urgency.
Schick a realistic target for January?
The difficulty for Newcastle would be in persuading a player of Schick’s quality to move to a club that could well be facing next season in the second tier of English football, which could delay any such transfer until the summer.
Having lit up Euro 2020 for the Czech Republic, it is somewhat of a surprise that he wasn’t more widely courted in the last window having demonstrated a wide range of goalscoring abilities – he is someone who certainly has similar traits to Magpies legend Alan Shearer.
Splashing out £50 million on one player while the club is staring relegation in the face could make it risky in terms of FFP (Financial Fair Play) in relation to wages, should the club end up slipping down a division – essentially it may be a gamble that the new owners are not willing to take right now.
Are there cheaper options?
Should a move for Schick prove to be too difficult, it is reported that the club have identified Burnley’s Chris Wood as a potential alternative, while there could be a reunion in the works regarding Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke who played under Howe while he was in charge of The Cherries.
Solanke could be a viable option and also it would seem as though the club are hedging their bets. If they do go down then Solanke has Championship experience and would be seen as a key player in helping Newcastle return to the top flight, having hit 19 goals already for the south coast club this term, as they attempt to get back into the Premier League.
Meanwhile, there have been moves mooted for Liverpool’s Divock Origi (who has six months left on his contract) and 27-year-old Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun, who plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg.