Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley after a stunning spell in the Championship.
Although Newcastle have won their last three games, their start to the season suggests that January is going to be a huge month for Rafa Benitez’s men once again.
It appears that Benitez has his eye on strengthening his attacking options. The Daily Mirror has reported on its live transfer blog (29/11; 16:42) that the Magpies are one of the teams keen on signing Nottingham Forest star Joe Lolley.
Lolley has been sensational in recent weeks, and was the star of the show as Aitor Karanka’s side drew 5-5 away at Aston Villa on Wednesday. The forward scored a screamer and provided four assists in the remarkable contest.
Losing him therefore, would be a huge blow for Forest’s promotion ambitions.
But perhaps Forest could potentially receive a small boost in their quest to keep hold of Lolley from one of their former players who has also been linked with a switch to St James’ Park in January.
Given the two players’ respective form, you would imagine that Burke may be the easier target for Newcastle to land – and it is difficult to see the club going after both. Obviously, the fees that were paid will influence their asking prices – Burke cost £15 million (via Northern Echo), while Lolley cost £450,000 (via Daily Mirror) – but their respective values have clearly moved a lot closer to each other since their last moves.
And the Baggies would be forgiven for being tempted by any decent offer that comes in for Burke in January given his struggles to break into the side.
So perhaps there is a chance that Forest’s hopes of keeping Lolley at the City Ground may receive a lift from the player that the club had such high hopes for a few years ago.