Newcastle make approach for Burnley star Maxwel Cornet with Eddie Howe keen to add winger to squad

Newcastle have made an approach for Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet with Eddie Howe keen on the winger… but the Magpies could end up paying MORE than the Ivorian’s £17.5m release clause as they seek to avoid paying fees in full to help navigate FFP restrictions

  • Newcastle United have made an approach for Burnley star Maxwel Cornet
  • The Clarets value the Ivory Coast international winger at £25m
  • Cornet was left out of Burnley’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield on the night of Fright
  • The Magpies also fail in a £35m bid for Leicester playmaker James Maddison

Newcastle have questioned Burnley over winger Maxwel Cornet but a compromise over the price would have to be reached if a deal is to be reached.

Sportsmail understands the Magpies are keen on the 25-year-old and a move is currently under consideration, after a £35m structured offer for Leicester’s James Maddison was rejected.

However, they would prefer not to pay Cornet’s £17.5million release clause in full in one payment. It is believed that Burnley would accept closer to £25million over a longer period.

Newcastle have made an approach for Burnley’s Ivory Coast international Maxwel Cornet

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to add a winger and striker to his squad in this window

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to add a winger and striker to his squad in this window

Newcastle, however, are restricted by financial spending rules and sources say a deal for Cornet is on the line.

The Ivory Coast international only joined the Clarets last summer for £13million from Lyon. He was their top scorer with nine goals but could not prevent relegation from the Premier League.

Newcastle are looking for a winger and striker and head coach Eddie Howe is an admirer of Cornet, who was left out of Burnley’s squad for Friday night’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield in their Championship opener.

Leicester’s Maddison is also on their radar. Sources have confirmed Newcastle as the 25-year-old but say it is likely to prove a difficult deal to close.

Leicester star James Maddison has been the subject of a £40m bid from Newcastle

Leicester star James Maddison has been the subject of a £40m bid from Newcastle

Asked on Friday whether to bring in an attacking player before next weekend, Howe said: “Never say never, but as the days go by it seems more and more unlikely.” We are desperately trying to improve the squad with the right player.

“I probably wouldn’t have expected to be in this situation (no attacking signing), but it’s the transfer window. The most important thing is that we get the right players, not how fast we get those players.

“There’s a slight frustration, but that’s not directed at anyone on our side, in terms of frustration that we haven’t done a deal. There is an understanding of the window and the mechanics of what happens in transfers.

“There’s frustration because you want to build your team and you want the sticky nature of that team to work quickly.”

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