Aleksandr Golovin's dad gives Newcastle potential hope they could compete for son's signature

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United have been linked with stunning move for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin.

 

Aleksandr Golovin of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Arsenal FC and CSKA Moskva at Emirates Stadium on April 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez knows he must strengthen his squad to be able to compete in the increasingly competitive Premier League.

The Spaniard worked wonders at St James' Park last season on a small budget but must spend to add much needed quality to his Magpies side.

Newcastle have been linked with a host of players this summer including Russia World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin.

The player's agent Alexander Manyakov has told Sport.ru that Newcastle – as well as Southampton – are interested in signing the CSKA Moscow midfielder.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures on the touch line during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park in...

Any deal for the Magpies looked unlikely, though, after Golovin was linked with Italian champions Juventus, as reported by The Express.

But there could be potential new hope for Newcastle after Golovin's dad told Premium Sport his son is having English lessons.

"Aleksandr doesn’t want to read any news as he’s focused on Russia and the World Cup,” his dad was quoted as saying by Premium Sport.

“I’m sure my son will be able to play at a new level.

Aleksandr Golovin of Russia scores his team's fifth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow,...

"It’ll be difficult even with a new language, but he’s already started to learn English.”

Golovin, 21, has been on the books with CSKA since signing form Metallurg Novokuznetsk in 2012, and he has now made more than 100 appearances for the club.

The playmaker hit the headlines with a stunning free kick goal against Arsenal last season and another during a fine display in Russia's 5-0 World Cup win over Saudi Arabia.

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