EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle eye Summerville and Godfrey for January

Jacque Talbot
Jacque Talbot
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2024 11:55 GMT
  • 3 min read
Summerville X Godfrey
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Newcastle may look to revisit some of their summer transfer targets in January, with Ben Godfrey and Crysencio Summerville under consideration, FootballTransfers has been told.

The pair were the subject of recruitment meetings during the last window and we understand that the pair could be targeted again once more over the next month.

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It’s believed that a deal for Godfrey would be viable given a low asking price of £9 million that Everton have set. The club are admirers of the defender’s ability to play across the centre of defence as well as at right-back.

Godfrey, who had interest from Tottenham recently, is out of contract in 2025 and has made just two Premier League appearances this season, totalling 91 minutes.

Reports from Italy indicate that Jose Mourinho's Roma are also following the player's movements over the course of the window.

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Summerville, meanwhile, is flourishing this season, with 18 goal contributions in 24 games across all competitions. The right-winger has been instrumental to Leeds’ promotion charge, and as such, sources tell us that a deal would be hard to do during this window.

Newcastle did send scouts to watch over the 22-year-old earlier this year and admiration remains. He shares the same agency as Eddie Howe, American firm Wasserman, who helped broker deals for Lewis Hall and Harvey Barnes last year.

Eddie Howe is having a bad spell as Newcastle boss
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Crysencio Summerville is flying for Leeds
© ProShots - Crysencio Summerville is flying for Leeds

The Whites would certainly demand a significant sum for Summerville, but while Newcastle have briefed concerns over their hamstrung budget owing to Financial Fair Play constraints, we are told that the kitty is a lot more than what they have made out so far, in an attempt not to be priced out of deals.

Howe is enduring something of a nadir in his tenure with the Magpies but there is an understanding that injuries have played a massive part, while the side hope to be as active as possible during this crucial month.

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