Alexander Isak: Newcastle United set to sign Sweden striker from Sociedad in £60m deal
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Newcastle are set to sign Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak for a club record fee of about £60m.
On Friday, boss Eddie Howe said he was hopeful the deal would be completed in time for Isak to face Wolves on Sunday.
The Sweden international would boost Newcastle's attacking options given the injury record of Callum Wilson, who is currently out with a hamstring strain.
"We're delighted to hopefully sign Alex, who will be a big player for us," said Howe.
He added: "He has pace, technical ability, dribbling ability, he has got a bit of X-factor about him.
"He is slightly different and I think he is capable of scoring goals."
Ex-Borussia Dortmund player Isak, 22, has 44 goals in 132 appearances for Sociedad, and nine in 37 for his country.
Newcastle's transfer record is the £40m they paid for Joelinton in 2019.
The Brazilian striker-turned-midfielder was signed from German club Hoffenheim.
The club also paid £35m plus add-ons for fellow Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes last January but Isak's signing would be a significant shift from Newcastle's new owners, who took over the club in October and have taken a considered approach to the transfer market.
Isak's signing would double Newcastle's spending this summer to just short of £120m after already signing Matt Targett, Sven Botman and Nick Pope, and bring the total to around £200m since the new owners took over the club in October 2021.
On Wilson, Howe said the striker's injury "is not serious" but the 30-year-old will be out "for a couple of weeks".
Howe also said he "doesn't think" Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is in talks with Manchester United over a move.
Reports have linked the Slovakian with a move to Old Trafford after he was displaced as club number one by Nick Pope.
"I don't think he's in talks with Manchester United," said Howe. "There has been contact between the clubs, but that will be something that will continue probably, to happen, as in the discussions.
"But in terms of an actual final outcome, I'm very reluctant to lose any important players to the group, so that's a decision that will be out of my hands."
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His scoring record isn't great, but whenever I've seen him play he looks decent. He's young and can only get better.
Newcastle are trying to buy the league by spending, checks notes, the 6th most in the Premier League this window.
Also he will be the 6th most expensive single transfer this window.
It's just unfair to the rest of the league.
I'm a West Ham fan but always held a soft spot since the days of 'the Entertainers' under Keegan, didn't win any trophies but many admirers.
Yes, I'm old and if you get this, you are too, probably.
Whatever next? Having to face a season with optimism? Sigh.
But seriously, lot of money for someone with great potential. A lot mentioning scoring record but he brings more than just that and will need time to adapt. Good luck lad, we're 100% behind you.