Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Arsenal transfer target Amadou Onana from Everton in the current January window, according to reports.
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The Gunners have already opened talks with Everton over a deal for the 22-year-old this month as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his midfield options.
Arsenal are facing competition from Chelsea, though, and it is reported by The Telegraph that Newcastle are now also hoping to land the Belgium international.
Onana, who has been linked to Manchester United too, is believed to be unsettled at Goodison Park.
It is understood that Everton will hold out for a £50m fee for Onana, who they signed in a £33m deal from Lille in August 2022.
Newcastle are willing to pay his £50m price tag but their preference is to take him on loan for now and turn it into a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The Magpies could be tempted into a full transfer this month, though, if Everton sell for the ‘right price’.
News of Newcastle’s interest in Onana comes after they gave up on a move for Kalvin Phillips over Manchester City’s demands.
The reigning Premier League champions were requiring a loan fee to sanction the move and were also in favour of inserting an obligation-to-buy clause in the deal.
Both parts of the deal were seen as unfavourable for Newcastle who are already hamstrung by financial restrictions.