NEWCASTLE boss Eddie Howe is lining up Stoke hotshot Tyrese Campbell as the first signing of the Saudi era at St James’ Park.
And Howe is ready to offer £20m to get the 21-year-old to Tyneside once the transfer window opens.
Howe tracked former Manchester City youth product Campbell, son of former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin, in his days at Bournemouth.
Campbell’s career was put on hold by a knee injury which restricted him to just 16 Championship appearances last season.
But the England under-17 and under-20 starlet is now back for the Potters, having scored two in eight league appearances this term and taking his Stoke tally to 20 in 75 games.
Campbell shocked Etihad chiefs in 2016 when he turned down professional forms to force through a move to Stoke as he wanted to be in the first team picture.
But that determination as well as his pace and eye for goal caught Howe’s eye and while last season’s injury meant a potential move to Everton fell through, the youngster is now set to be the first piece in the Newcastle revolution.
Campbell netted the latest goal of his injury comeback at the weekend.
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Delighted Campbell tweeted after the game: "Three points in London 😅😅 What a game and what a noise you reds were making ❤️ Hope you all have a safe journey home."
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