Newcastle told to make ‘statement signing’ as ex-midfielder Darren Ambrose tips Magpies to land £50m-rated Alexander Isak

    Former Newcastle midfielder Darren Ambrose believes his former club need to make a statement signing amid links with Swedish striker Alexander Isak.

    The Magpies’ long-standing interest in Reims striker Hugo Ekitike ended last weekend when the 20-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain.

    Swedish striker Alexander Isak has scored 43 goals in 128 appearances for Real Sociedad

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    Swedish striker Alexander Isak has scored 43 goals in 128 appearances for Real Sociedad

    As a result, Newcastle appear to have stepped up their interest in Real Sociedad striker Isak and Ambrose says that although he would command a hefty fee, the club should make him their statement signing of the summer.

    “He didn’t have a fantastic season in terms of goals last season but the season before, he was brilliant for Real Socieded,” Ambrose told talkSPORT.

    Reports suggest the 22-year-old would cost Newcastle in the region of £50million which would swallow up a sizeable chunk of the Magpies’ transfer budget.

    Ambrose added: “It‘s a lot of money, but we’ve spoken about this before. Newcastle need to make that statement signing, they’ve not done much this season, they’ve built their foundations. Make a statement signing – I think he could be one of them.”

    All eyes will be on St James’ Park throughout the upcoming season as Newcastle kick-off their first full campaign under their new ownership.

    So far this summer, Newcastle have bolstered their squad with the additions of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Dutch centre-back Sven Botman and Matt Targett from Aston Villa following a successful loan spell at the end of last season.

    Darren Ambrose believes former club Newcastle must make Isak their statement signing this summer

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    Darren Ambrose believes former club Newcastle must make Isak their statement signing this summer

    Whizz-kid Alexander Isak has earned 37 caps for Sweden scoring nine times in the process

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    Whizz-kid Alexander Isak has earned 37 caps for Sweden scoring nine times in the process

    Eddie Howe’s transfer activity would suggest that Newcastle have taken a conservative approach, a method applauded by talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan.

    “It’s not organic, it’s reasonable, controlled, sensible growth,” Jordan told talkSPORT last month. 

    “If you compare it to what Chelsea did and what Manchester City started to do in 2009 with the signing of Robinho and people of that nature, and we’ve seen what other people, specifically and explicitly PSG, this is not in the same space.

    Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has so far taken a more conservative approach to his squad rebuild at St James’ park

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    Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has so far taken a more conservative approach to his squad rebuild at St James’ park

    “What they’re doing is sensible, it would appear. They are looking at the reality of the manager they have recruited. They are looking at the landscape and are trying to build a football club with some sensible infrastructure.”

    Newcastle splashed just shy of £100m in the January transfer window with the club languishing in the bottom three.

    But an upturn in form saw Eddie Howe’s men climb the table and finish comfortably in 11th place.

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