Newcastle have made an approach for Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet with Eddie Howe keen on the winger… but the Mapgies will have to reach a compromise as the Clarets want his £17.5m release clause paid in full
- Newcastle United have made an approach for Burnley star Maxwel Cornet
- The Clarets price the Ivory Coast international winger at £25million
- Cornet was left out of Burnley’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield on Fright night
- The Magpies also fail in £35million bid for Leicester playmaker James Maddison
Newcastle have asked Burnley about winger Maxwel Cornet but a compromise on price would need to be reached if a deal is to be agreed.
Sportsmail understands the Magpies are keen on the 25-year-old and a move is currently being explored, after a structured offer of £35million for Leicester’s James Maddison was rejected.
However, they would prefer not to pay the entirety of Cornet’s £17.5million release clause in one payment. It is thought that Burnley would accept closer to £25m 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 a striker to his squad in this window
Newcastle, though, are restricted by financial spending rules and sources say a deal for Cornet is in the balance.
The Ivory Coast international only joined the Clarets last summer for £13m from Lyon. He was their top scorer with nine goals but could not prevent relegation from the Premier League.
Newcastle are in the market for a winger and a striker and head coach Eddie Howe is an admirer of Cornet, who was left out of the Burnley 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 like the 25-year-old but say it is likely to prove a difficult deal to complete.
Leicester star James Maddison has been the subject of a £40million bid from Newcastle
When asked on Friday about bringing in an attacking player before next weekend, Howe said: ’Never say never, but as the days tick by it looks more and more unlikely. We’re desperate to try and improve the group with the right player.
‘I probably wouldn’t have hoped to be in that situation (no attacking signing), but that’s the transfer window. The most important thing is we get the right players, not the speed with which we get those players.
‘There is a slight frustration, but not aimed at anyone from our side, in terms of a frustration that we haven’t done business. There is an understanding of the window and the mechanics of what goes into making transfers.
‘There is frustration because you want to build your team and you want to get the adhesive nature of that team working quickly.’