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An ‘exclusive’ on Monday morning claims that Newcastle United are lining up Danny Welbeck as a summer signing.
The Arsenal striker is said to be unwanted by new boss Unai Emery and would be well behind the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette if he stayed at the Emirates. Which is even before the recently appointed Arsenal manager thinks about bringing in striker targets of his own.
Danny Welbeck clearly does have ability and I think most Newcastle fans would see him as a step up on what NUFC currently have up front.
The ‘exclusive’ does come from Teamtalk who have a shocking record on Newcastle transfer stories but you would hope that somebody such as Danny Welbeck could be within Rafa’s reach.
Teamtalk report that Newcastle would supposedly be looking at a loan deal with a commitment to paying the striker’s £5m wages for the next year. They say Arsenal would prefer to sell but accept a loan might be the more realistic option, due to clubs worrying about his injury record.
Ironically, Danny Welbeck stayed pretty much injury free last season and featured in 43 games for Arsenal as a starter and as a sub.
He was also included in the England squad but only got 11 minutes as a sub in the 1-0 group defeat to Belgium.
Welbeck is one of those modern day players who partly through injury but mainly through being at clubs with very competitive squads, stands the risk of ending his career having played so little football in what should have been his most productive years.
The forward turns 28 in November and so far has made only 120 Premier League starts at Man Utd and Arsenal, as well as a loan spell at Sunderland.
Danny Welbeck came on as a sub in both Premier League matches against Newcastle last season but needs regular football AND to start scoring goals.
One worry if Newcastle are interested is that the England international still has yet to score double figures in a league season, having scored nine in two different season when at Man Utd, with his five goals for Arsenal last season his next best total.