Alexander Isak: Newcastle United set to sign Sweden striker from Sociedad in £60m deal

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak
Alexander Isak is set to become Newcastle United's record signing

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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