Eddie Howe responds after Alexander Isak link with Arsenal transfer | Football

Alexander Isak has attracted interest from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe insisted that star striker Alexander Isak is not for sale this summer after being linked with a move to Arsenal.

Isak starred in his side’s dramatic 4-3 win over West Ham, scoring twice from the penalty spot as well as setting up the first of Harvey Barnes’ late brace.

Despite an injury affected season, the 24-year-old has still notched up 14 goals in the Premier League this season and has caught the eye of several big clubs, most notably league rivals Arsenal.

Newcastle struggled to bring in new bodies in January due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, but Howe was quick to shut down any suggestions that the Swedish striker may leave in the summer to raise cash for their summer recruitment.

‘He’s an outstanding talent and no one connected with Newcastle would want to lose him,’ Howe said.

‘I thought he was excellent against West Ham. He didn’t score in open play but his two penalties were outstanding and his general play was very good. His link play, his athleticism, he looked in a really good place.’

While the Magpies may not be willing to let go of Isak, who recently insisted he was unbothered by the growing transfer speculation, there will be interest in several other key players.

Alexander Isak of Newcastle United (14) celebrates after scoring opening goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United .

Alexander Isak has scored 14 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Guimaraes, who has a £100million release clause, has attracted interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City, while Joelinton and Callum Wilson both have contracts that run out at the end of next season.

For now, though, Howe’s focus remains on securing European football for a second successive season. Having beaten West Ham on Saturday, his side are now just one point behind the Hammers with a game in hand.

‘There was always that feeling that the season was alive but you have to win games and the more you don’t win, the more the season slips away very quickly,’ the Englishman added.

‘I always say the team is made up of the character of the players and you could see the character shining through against West Ham because, I think without that, we were dead and buried.

‘We wouldn’t have come back in the manner that we did. The spirit is still there and that’s the most important thing beyond anything. If you have spirit you have a chance.’

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