According to the media in Sweden, Newcastle United has contacted the representatives of Jens Cajuste.
Sport Expressen says Newcastle are keen to sign the 21-year-old midfielder in just over three weeks before the start of the Premier League season.
They report that in addition to Newcastle United, three other Premier League clubs have made contact for initial talks, including Wolves, Leeds and Crystal Palace.
It has been clear for some time now that Steve Bruce is looking to sign a more athletic box-to-box midfielder than Newcastle currently has and Jens Cajuste could potentially fit in.
The 21-year-old currently plays his club football in Denmark for FC Midtjylland and has also interested clubs from other European leagues, with the Danish club having already turned down a £ 10m plus extras bid from Rennes £ 14m.
I still find it hard to imagine Mike Ashley allowing that time window to be spent in the first place, and we are now halfway through, day 43 of the 84 day transfer window and absolutely no action so far.
Monday’s news of the arbitration process for the Newcastle United takeover postponed until 2022 could (SHOULD) draw Ashley’s attention to a squad that definitely needs reinforcement.
Maybe there will be a surprise sale or two to get better quality, we’ve already seen claims about Isaac Hayden that may be sold … and if Steve Bruce were allowed to sign a midfielder like Jens Cajuste I would imagine he would would have to let go of at least one of the existing ones.
In the past two seasons, Cajuste has only scored two goals in 51 games in the Danish league. So he doesn’t sound like someone who will help massively on this front. However, I think Newcastle could use a real upgrade in midfield, with none of them fully convincing to me that they are good enough for what we need in the coming season.
Jens Cajuste has played five international matches for Sweden and was part of the European Championship squad this summer, but only played a brief appearance as a sub against Spain.
Whether he (or anyone else!) Ends up in Newcastle remains to be seen, but he certainly seems to be moving somewhere soon. The midfielder was removed from the Midtjylland squad for the Champions League qualifier with Celtic on Tuesday evening, the game ended 1-1 in Cajuste’s absence.
Jens Cajuste saw his midfield colleague Frank Onyeka move from Midtjylland to Brentford on Tuesday. So it looks like the Danish club is building up its cash reserves, with Cajuste to follow next.
Steve Bruce announced after Sunday’s loss to York City sixth division that Jonjo Shelvey could miss the start of the season with a calf injury and that both Longstaff brothers now have less than a year on their contracts, no surprise to me if we do would see one or both move on.
I’m afraid we’ll be stuck at Jeff Hendrick but the central midfield could finally mess up a bit this summer.