By Kevin Phillips

11th Feb, 2020 | 5:28pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts after reliable outlet make Newcastle transfer claim

Kevin Phillips has claimed that it would be a “gamble” for Newcastle United to sign Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England hitman suggested that any prospective deal could lead to a similar situation to the one currently facing misfiring record signing Joelinton.

Reliable Belgian outlet HLN reported on Tuesday that the Toon Army were one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, who attracted global attention when scored a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season.

But Phillips has warned the Magpies against the dangers of another transfer misstep.

“I’m not going to tell Steve Bruce how to do his business, and they certainly wouldn’t go for a player that they haven’t done their homework on now that Steve is in charge,” he told Football Insider.

“They wouldn’t do it if they didn’t think that he could do a job in the Premier League.

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“Of course it’s not worked for Joelinton at the moment, it’s taking time for him to settle in. Certainly from Newcastle’s point of view, you don’t want to be in that situation again.

“You want somebody who has got experience of the Premier League. It would be a gamble again, in my opinion. The thing is, if you look closer to home, it’s difficult to find that striker that’s at the age that you want without having to spend stupid money, so a lot of these clubs do look abroad to get a better deal.

“I do think it would be a gamble, and if it doesn’t come off then you put yourself under pressure again.”

Dennis has been a mainstay for Brugge so far this season, featuring in 30 matches across all competitions and registering eight goals in the process. 

He is also a Nigeria international, with two senior caps to his name.

In other Newcastle United news, Toon Army set for multi-million hit on colossus after rejected Leeds bids.