By Wayne Veysey

11th Nov, 2022 | 7:43am

Sources: Newcastle lay groundwork for £50m+ Mykhaylo Mudryk deal after PiF green light

Newcastle United are laying the groundwork to sign Shakhtar Donetsk sensation Mykhaylo Mudryk for what could be a club-record fee, sources have told Football Insider.

The north-east giants are in the market for an A-list attacker who can play out wide, most likely on the left flank, and provide a consistent goal threat.

Mudryk, 21, is a top target of the Saudi Arabia-backed club with Newcastle scouts keeping close tabs on his performances for Shakhtar.

Newcastle have made preliminary moves over a potential January deal costing £50million-plus and have been encouraged by the Ukraine club’s failure last week to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

The club owners PiF have given the green light to spend in January and at least one box-office signing is possible.

But there will not be a repeat of their extensive recruitment of the winter window earlier this year.

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Newcastle are facing extensive competition for Mudryk, who has been linked with Premier League clubs including Arsenal.

The eight-time Ukraine international is under contract at Shakhtar until the summer of 2026.

He has scored found the net and provided seven assists in 15 games across all competitions this season, including four goal contributions in six Champions League appearances.

Newcastle have not found a regular left winger this season with Allan Saint-Maximin missing a significant chunk of the campaign with injury.

The Frenchman has come off the bench in the last two Premier League games with Joelinton and Jacob Murphy filling in during his absence.

Newcastle will go into the World Cup break in the top four and will remain third if they beat Chelsea on Saturday (12 November).

In other news, Newcastle United have been told to U-turn on Miguel Almiron after a source reveals a “£60million” deal.