Newcastle keep close tabs on relegated PL winger - report
By Danny Wright
Newcastle are interested in Hull winger Kamil Grosicki, according to a report.
Polish news outlet Sportowefakty claims that the Magpies will lock horns with Watford for the winger, who has recently been relegated from the Premier League with Hull.
According to the report, a release clause in Grosicki’s contract has become active after the Tigers failed to finish outside the bottom three of the top flight.
It is understood that newly-appointed Hornets boss Marco Silva wants to reunite with the 28-year-old who only moved to the KCOM Stadium from French club Stade Rennais in January.
Sportwefakty reports that Silva has made Grosicki his number one transfer target for the summer as he looks to put his own stamp on his Watford squad.
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Newcastle are expected to make big changes to their squad over the summer and if the 49-times Poland international is signed by Benitez, he would be the second winger to move to St. James’ Park recently after a permanent deal for Christian Atsu was confirmed.
Grosicki made 15 appearances for Hull since his move from Stade Rennais and failed to score a single goal.
However he did managed to supply five assists and also picked up the player of the month award for April after impressing despite Hull’s demise.
Football Insider Verdict
Grosicki is a very quick-footed winger that can beat most Premier League defenders on his day. However doubts remain about his ability to deliver in the final third. Five assists in what was a very poor Hull side is good but he needs to be chipping in with goals if Newcastle want to perform well on their return to the top tier. There has to be better targets out there for Rafa Benitez, but if Grosicki’s release fee is quite low then he may be worth snapping up just for a back-up option if injuries become a common theme for the Magpies.
In other Newcastle news, Benitez has responded to reported interest in this World Cup winner.