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Newcastle United have moved to strengthen Eddie Howe’s left-sided options in the January transfer window by offering Atalanta’s Robin Gosens a contract worth 2.5-times his wage.

That’s according to TuttoMercatoWEB, who report the Toon have moved in recent hours to sign the German. The St James’ Park hierarchy are carefully studying Gian Piero Gasperini’s La Dea for winter reinforcements, having also already explored Hans Hateboer’s situation.

Hateboer has asked to leave the Serie A side this month with interest bubbling from around the division. Yet despite their very strong interest, Newcastle moved to sign Kieran Trippier.

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Now, Howe is looking to upgrade Matt Ritchie and Jamal Lewis on the left-hand side of his defence. So, Newcastle have turned to Atalanta to seek a transfer for versatile star Gosens.

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The Toon have a three-year deal on the table for the 27-year-old, who has not played since September. Gosens developed a hamstring injury in Atalanta’s Champions League win over BSC Young Boys. He then aggravated the issue in training in November and is yet to return.

Newcastle have offered Gosens €3.5m-a-year (£56k-a/w) to convince him to leave Atalanta in the January transfer window. The wage is a very important figure as he earns £22k-a/w at the Gewiss Stadium. However, talks between the two clubs are yet to get off the ground.

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Newcastle could seal a very smart transfer by securing a deal with Atalanta to bring Gosens to Tyneside in January. He would offer Howe a dynamic presence at left-back, as well as an option at left-midfield. So, Allan Saint-Maximin could be freed to feature as a striker again.

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Gosens offered La Dea two goals and one assist over eight games in all competitions before his injury. He had also hit 12 goals and eight assists in 44 games last term before shining at Euro 2020. The 13-cap German scored and laid on two assists in a 4-2 win over Portugal.

Atalanta hoped Gosens would return for the start of January after he visited a specialist last month on his injury. Yet his return may now also be the spark to seal a switch to St James’. Howe would want him to replicate his Man of the Match efforts against Portugal if signed.

“I don’t know if it was the game of a lifetime for him,” ex-Germany boss Joachim Low said, via the Standard. “Maybe he still has to play that. But an amazing performance from him. He worked very hard and on top of that, he was a constant threat up front, as well.”