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Nakamba linked with big bucks move

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BY Kevin Mapasure
Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been linked with a big money move to filthy rich Newcastle United this January.

Newcastle have become the richest football club following its takeover by a Saudi Arabian consortium and is targeting major investment in players to try and change its fortunes.

The club is as yet winless in the league and recently sacked manager Steve Bruce amid reports that it is courting former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.

Nakamba was linked to Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Everton before the season started and with the transfer window opening up in January, speculation over his career has resurfaced.

According to Football Insider Newcastle are looking to table a £15 million bid for the defensive midfielder which would see his weekly wages rise.

He is believed to be earning about £32 000 per week.

“Newcastle United have set their sights on signing Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba in January,” Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Saudi-owned club is on the market for major reinforcements in the winter transfer window as it looks to escape relegation from the Premier League.

A Newcastle source told Football Insider that strengthening central midfield is a priority in January and Nakamba is a target because of his energy and drive. It is expected to take a fee of around £15m to prise the Zimbabwean international, (27), from Villa Park. He fits the ball for the midfield anchorman profile. Newcastle wants to help protect its porous backline.

The north-east giants are expected to be the busiest Premier League club in the January window following the Saudi-led takeover that was completed earlier this month.”

The 27-year-old Nakamba joined Villa in the summer of 2019 from Club Brugge for around £11m and has a contract running until 2024.

He has been a key squad man since his arrival but has struggled to be a regular Premier League starter.

Nakamba has started only one of Villa’s nine Premier League matches this season, the opening-day 3-2 defeat to Watford.

His other two starts have come in the EFL Cup against Chelsea and League Two outfit Barrow.

Newcastle has also been linked to Wolves captain Conor Coady.

Douglas Luiz and John McGinn are the first choice central midfielders in Dean Smith’s side, while £14m was spent on Morgan Sanson in January.

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