Newcastle United have had a mixed reaction to the rumours that Lee Tomlin could become Rafael Benitez’s first signing at St. James’ Park.
The Sun claimed yesterday that Newcastle were lining up a deal worth £3 million for the Bournemouth attacking midfielder.
Tomlin has been on loan at Bristol City this past season, where he has been hugely impressive.
The 27-year-old has also proven his quality in the Championship with the likes of Peterborough United and Middlesbrough previously.
Some Newcastle fans believe that Tomlin would be a good addition for them, but others were hoping for a more high profile addition.
@NUFC360 I think fans need to remember we're in the Championship now. We're not going to get your Lacazettes of the world.— A Sporting Minute (@sportingminute) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 Tidy footballer. Was good at Peterborough and decent at Middlesbrough. Doesn't look very athletic mind. But I think he's decent.— Matthew Shuttleworth (@MattyS90) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 Follow the Posh and I always liked him, expected him to make a bigger impact in PL— FloppyQuill (@FloppyQuill) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 not excited about that, don't think he's a great championship player— Darren Jack Webb (@darrenjackwebb) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 Great player for the Championship. Remember the performance he put in against Liverpool in the Cup.— Andrew Warden (@andrew_warden) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 good all round midfield player, and proven in the championship unlike most of our squad— Kai Hara (@KaidrickLamar) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 not ideal but scores goals in Championship and we need that next season— Joe Buck (@16joebuck) May 18, 2016
@NUFC360 good player at that level. Squad player who will give an option coming off the bench.— Andy Daly (@AndyDaly141) May 18, 2016
Tomlin is likely to leave Bournemouth in the summer, as he has struggled to break into Eddie Howe’s team.
The Cherries have retained their Premier League status, and they have strengthened their attacking ranks considerably, leaving Tomlin’s route to the first-team blocked.
If Tomlin did move to Newcastle, he would be competing with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic for a place in the team.