Newcastle ponder move for Bayer Leverkusen sensation

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe. Photo by Shutterstock.

Newcastle United are reportedly keen on signing Bayer Leverkusen’s standout striker, Victor Boniface, in January.

At just 22, Boniface has taken the Bundesliga by storm, delivering an exceptional tally of seven goals in seven matches this season.

His remarkable form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Nigeria offering him an international call-up.

The Sun reports that Newcastle scouts were present in Portugal, closely observing Boniface during Nigeria’s clashes against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique. Although he didn’t find the back of the net, his prowess was evident as he played a crucial role in a Saudi own-goal.

Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s gaffer, has been tracking Boniface since his €12 million move from Union Saint-Gilloise last summer. Recognizing the need for bolstering his offensive line, Howe reportedly believes Boniface could be the perfect fit alongside Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson.

As Isak adapts to a wider playing position due to Harvey Barnes’ sidelining, and with Wilson approaching his 32nd birthday, the quest for fresh striking options is intensifying.

In addition to Boniface, the Magpies have also shown interest in Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Manchester City’s Kalvin Philips, who recently hinted at a potential departure from the Etihad to secure more consistent playtime.