Newcastle ‘have clear run at Yannick Carrasco in January after failed summer transfer for Atletico Madrid star’

    NEWCASTLE could have a clear run at signing Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco in January, according to reports.

    Eddie Howe tried to sign the Belgium international in the summer window.

    Newcastle were linked with a summer move for Yannick Carrasco

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    Newcastle were linked with a summer move for Yannick CarrascoCredit: Getty

    And the Toon Army boss is already looking at strengthening his squad in the winter.

    According to reports in Spain, Carrasco was close to securing a switch to St James’ Park in the off-season, but could be allowed to leave Spanish club this time around.

    That’s because Atletico need to raise funds after not only failing to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but crashing out of Europe altogether.

    The report claims that Carrasco is likely to be one of the first names out of the Metropolitano Stadium, with Newcastle set to be at the front of the queue.

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    The winger has just over 18 months remaining on his Atletico terms, meaning he could be available to sign on the cheap.

    Carrasco would bring a wealth of experience having played more than 150 times in La Liga and more than 50 in the Champions League.

    He would also offer versatility.

    The 29-year-old is able to play out wide and also as a wing-back.

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    Despite the links, Carrasco has been a regular under Diego Simeone.

    He’s played 18 times in all competitions this season and turned out in all six of Atletico’s Champions League group games.

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