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Newcastle want Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz in blockbuster transfer as scouts watch 18-year-old attacker


NEWCASTLE want to sign Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz, according to reports.

It comes after the Toon reportedly sent a scout to Germany to watch the 18-year-old attacker.

Newcastle sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz

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Newcastle sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian WirtzCredit: EPA

The Magpies representative took in Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw at Cologne on Sunday October 24, according to BIld.

Newcastle are in the market for players after their £305million takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

And Wirtz is said to be near the top of their list.

However, reports from Germany suggest both Leverkusen and Wirtz will not consider a transfer until 2023.

But that is unlikely to put the Toon off as they target mid-long term success.

Wirtz is under contract until 2026 and German football experts reckon it will take at least £100m to eventually prise him away.


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Although Newcastle will have access to such funds, the teenager is also said to be on the radars of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Wirtz is developing fast and can play as an attacking midfielder or wide as a winger.

He has managed six goals and six assists from 12 games in all competitions this season.

Wirtz has already been capped by Germany four times and has been compared to former Leverkusen star Kai Havertz who moved to Chelsea.

And former Germany manager Rudi Voller – who is Leverkusen’s sporting director – reckons Wirtz has the world at his feet.

He said: “The speed in which Florian is developing is very special indeed.

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“Just like Kai Havertz, he has everything you need to be a world class player.

“He’s probably ahead of where Kai was at his age.

“There’s no question he is going to be a fantastic player.”

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