By Russell Edge
Newcastle have tabled a formal bid for Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy, according to a report.
Australian television network SBS claim on their website that the Magpies are one of a number of clubs to submit an offer for the Australian central midfielder, 26, who has spent this season on loan at Newcastle’s Championship rivals Huddersfield Town.
It is said that City are likely to want at least £10million for Mooy even though he is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League giants.
Newcastle will face fierce competition for Mooy’s signature though, with the report claiming that the likes of Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also lodged bids following his dazzling campaign.
The 22-time-capped international signed for Manchester City from Melbourne City in the summer of 2016, immediately being loaned out to the Terriers, where he was named their player of the season for 2016/17.
He played a key role in his side’s push for the play-offs, making 46 appearances in the league, netting four times.
Football Insider verdict:
Mooy has proven himself in the second tier of English football, and now his loan deal with Huddersfield is over, he will be looking to prove himself at the very top. It seems unlikely he will be able to break into the first team at Manchester City, so a move, either temporary or permanent, seems a likely option this summer. Newcastle seems a perfect fit for the 26-year-old – a newly promoted side targeting survival is just what he needs to demonstrate he has what it takes to be a Premier League player. However, the Magpies should be wary about his lack of top flight experience, and so maybe another loan move with a view to a permanent deal is the way forward.
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