By Danny Wright

30th Aug, 2017 | 8:20am

Newcastle ready to meet £18.5m valuation of top-flight playmaker - reliable journalist

By Danny Wright

Newcastle are ready to make a stunning late swoop for Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, according to a reliable journalist.

Italian reporter Alfredo Pedulla claimed on his personal website on Tuesday night that the Magpies are prepared to meet the £18.5million valuation of Praet, 23, who would prefer a switch to Tyneside despite interest from Everton.

It is understood that Serie A club Sampdoria would consider selling the playmaker, but only if they can find a replacement before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.

Praet has been highly thought of throughout his short career so far having been a product of the famous Anderlecht and Genk youth academies in Belgium.

The top-flight playmaker signed for Sampdoria last summer and made 34 appearances across all competitions in his debut season, scoring one goal and supplying one assist in the process.

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Reliable journalist Kristoff Terreur has recently reported that the one-time Belgium international is looking likely to stay at Sampdoria once the window closes.

Football Insider Verdict

Praet would be a decent addition to the Magpies side but he really isn’t what the club is in desperate need of. Rafa Benitez has been on the lookout for a goalkeeper and a striker for most of the summer while he is also facing a late rush to sign a left-back after an injury forced Paul Dummett out of action for months. Praet should be the least of his concerns, especially when Sampdroria want £18.5million for his signature. That sort of money could also seriously deplete the Magpies’ resources meaning that there is a possibility that no one else will be signed up by the club.

In other Newcastle news, a big-spending English club has made a last-gasp approach for this Magpies star.

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