By Russell Edge

12th Mar, 2018 | 3:08pm

Report: Newcastle eye record smashing swoop for top flight stunners' attacking mainstay

Newcastle United are eyeing up a record breaking swoop for Burnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the summer, according to a report.

The Sun claim on their website that the Magpies are joined by fellow Premier League sides Leicester City and Southampton in keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old attacker after helping the Clarets put in a stunning performance this season, currently sitting seventh in the top flight table.

It is said that a fee of £20million might be enough to prise the first team mainstay, who has missed just one of his side’s 33 matches across all competitions this season, away from Burnley, which would be a record fee for the Magpies, smashing the £16million spent on Michael Owen back in 2005.

Gudmondsson, a 63-cap Icelandic international, has scored two goals and chipped in with six assists for his team mates this season, and it is claimed the Clarets are readying a new contract for his form.

Football Insider verdict

The winger has been a stalwart in the Burnley side this season but the statistics fail to do his performances justice. He has been a key member in launching attacks but his powerful presence down the wing has also seen him help out in defence on occasion, something Newcastle fans have seen from Matt Ritchie during his time on Tyneside. Would the Icelandic international be an improvement on what Rafael Benitez aleady has at his disposal? Saying he is better than the likes of current first choice stars Ritchie and Kenedy would be a tough claim, but he would certainly be something different, although the £20million price tag is likely to put an end to any interest.

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