Relegation-threatened Newcastle United are vying with several clubs to land in-form QPR ace Lyndon Dykes in the January transfer window.
According to Teamtalk, a struggling Newcastle United are interested in moving for Queens Park Rangers’ impressive attacker Lyndon Dykes in the ongoing winter transfer window.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form for the Hoops this season. He has scored six goals in 18 Championship games, aiding QPR’s push to return to the English top flight. The London-based side is currently in the fifth spot in the Championship and have a game in hand over some of the teams around them.
A physically dominant player who is excellent in the air, Dykes has the attributes needed to flourish as a dependable target man. He also happens to be a neat finisher, and these traits will add some bite to what has been an underwhelming Newcastle attack.
The Magpies are currently 19th in the Premier League and face a real battle to stave off relegation this season. While landing Kieran Trippier has been a fine start to the January transfer window, work is still to be done. This was evident against Cambridge United in the FA Cup, as the Magpies put up an abject performance in a 1-0 defeat in front of their home fans.
With no other competition to distract them, Newcastle now can focus all of their energy on avoiding relegation. However, it will not be easy given their less-than-prolific frontline. This season, the Magpies have scored just 19 goals in the Premier League — a tally that is better than only Norwich City and Burnley.
The Tyneside giants will have to strengthen their forward line quickly, and the January window gives them the ideal opportunity. Despite their newfound riches, Newcastle are still miles off being a force on the field. Dykes will certainly add to their frontline and help bring their midfielders into play.
The Magpies, however, do not have a free run at landing Dykes. The Scottish international is also drawing interest from Burnley, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Scottish Premier League champions, Rangers. Whether Newcastle can use their financial might to get their way remains to be seen.
With the situation dire, it is entirely possible that Newcastle could struggle to land some of the top names in world football today. It makes more sense for Eddie Howe to go for proven Premier League and Championship players who can hold their own in a scrap. At the very least, it will give them a solid base to build on should they get relegated.